Chicago-area 2-year-old critical after shooting self in head

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago-area toddler was hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday after finding an unsecured gun and shooting himself in the head, police said.

Officers were called to a Joliet home around 12:15 p.m., found the 2-year-old boy inside and began efforts to save his life, police said.

The boy was taken to a hospital.

It appeared the child found the gun in a bedroom, police said.

The child’s mother was at the home at the time and was cooperating with investigators, police said.

No further details were immediately available.

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