Norwalk Police Department reported that the incident occurred on June 16. It was announced that Laura Ilg called the police after she was shot. Police chief David Smith said:
“Ilg said she was 33 weeks pregnant and her two-year-old accidentally shot herself in the back with a gunshot.”
The authorities quickly arrived at the scene and took the 31-year-old woman to the hospital. Although a cesarean was performed, neither the baby in the womb nor Ilg could be saved.
Smith stated that Ilg was conscious when the police teams entered the house. The unfortunate woman told authorities that while she was doing the laundry, her son somehow got into her bedroom, which was usually locked, and started playing with a gun.
Three firearms, one of which was a pistol, were found on the nightstand in the bedroom. Ilg’s wife, Alek Ilg, who was at work at the time of the incident, announced that the guns belonged to him.
Chief Smith urged gun owners to take action.
“40 percent of homes have guns”
According to the US-based think tank Pew Research Center, around 40 percent of homes in the country have guns. Many of these households also have children.
At Johns Hopkins University, less than half of the homes with guns are securely stored.
In March in Texas, a three-year-old boy accidentally killed his 4-year-old sister with a gun even though there were 5 adults at home.
Police are investigating how the boy was able to pull the trigger.