No charges expected in boy's shooting death

Pictured: 4-year-old shooting victim Michael DeSantis

August 17, 2010 9:51:06 AM PDT
The shooting death of a toddler in Montgomery County last week has officially been ruled an accident.

No charges are expected.

Four-year-old Michael DeSantis shot himself while playing with his 6-year-old brother inside their Royersford home.

Investigators say Michael got the gun out of a dresser. The family thought it was out of reach.

The boys' mom was downstairs watching Michael's other siblings. She didn't know the gun was loaded.

The boys' dad was trying to sell the gun, which he owned legally.

It happened around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 300 block of Chestnut Street in Royersford, Pa. Jim Longacre was inside his Royersford home when a knock on the door changed everything. There, a frantic little boy told him his younger brother-- 4-year-old Michael DeSantis -- had accidentally shot himself.

Neighbors say the boy was naturally curious, loved to fish with his family and his loss is being felt by everyone on his tightknit block.

"It's sad, to see a four year old go. It's ridiculous. They've got three other kids that are suffering because they lost their younger brother," said family friend Tyler Mohn.


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