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Published: Tuesday, 7/21/2009

Coroner: Ohio 5-year-old shot himself


HAMILTON, Ohio A coroner in Ohio has ruled that a 5-year-old boy died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but officials have not decided if any charges should be filed.

An investigator for the Butler County coroner s office determined that the shooting Saturday evening was an accident.

Authorities said Zachariah Nesbitt found a handgun in his family s apartment in Hamilton and shot himself in the chest. The bullet penetrated his lung.

Police believe both the boy s parents were home when the shooting occurred.

Investigators indicate there could be a decision later this week on whether charges should be filed.

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