Yarmouth Police: 3-year-old accidentally shoots herself with unsecured handgun

YARMOUTH –A South Yarmouth man is facing charges after a 3-year-old child accidentally shot herself with what Yarmouth Police said was an unsecured and unlicensed handgun.

Yarmouth Fire and Police responded to 47 Captain Daniel Road in South Yarmouth Friday just after 1 p.m. for reports of a child who accidentally shot herself in the left hand with her father’s firearm.

Investigators said the child obtained access to an unsecured fully loaded handgun that had been left on a nightstand in a bedroom that she shared with her parents.

The child was transported by Yarmouth Fire Department ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and later transferred to a Boston Hospital where she is expected to survive.

Yarmouth Police seized the handgun involved—a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol—as well as other unlicensed firearms and ammunition owned by the child’s father.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families were immediately contacted and have taken custody of the child. The child’s father, identified as Nicholas Alexander Jenner, 30, is living with his parents in South Yarmouth.

He faces several charges including:

  • IMPROPER STORAGE OF A LARGE-CAPACITY FIREAM NEAR A MINOR
  • IMPROPER STORAGE OF A LARGE-CAPACITY FIREAM
  • UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM
  • UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A LARGE CAPACITY FIREARM
  • RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT OF A CHILD

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