North Carolina boy, 4, dies after shooting himself in head as adults drank and smoked in nearby room


Boy, 4, dies after shooting himself in the head with a gun he found stuffed in a couch while his mom and other adults were drinking and smoking drugs in a different room

  • The unattended boy discovered the hidden gun Monday night in a home in High Point, North Carolina
  • Police said adults were playing cards, smoking marijuana and drinking in a nearby room
  • The boy’s mother, Jasmine Fagan, was arrested and charged with felony child abuse
  • Police also arrested homeowner Cindy Gibson-Harris on multiple charges
  • Marijuana, cocaine, multiple firearms and marijuana were found in the house, police said 

A four-year-old boy found a loaded gun under a couch cushion and shot himself in the head Monday night as adults drank, smoked marijuana and played cards in a nearby room.

Officers with the High Point Police Department in North Carolina arrived at the house in the 800 block of Worth Street at 9.51pm and found the child lying on the living room floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

They administered aid and took him to High Point Regional Hospital where he died from his injuries, according to police.

The child's mother, Jasmine Fagan, was charged with felony child abuse

Homeowner Cindy Gibson-Harris

Mother Jasmine Fagan (left) and homeowner Cindy Gibson-Harris were arrested and taken to Guilford County Jail after Fagan’s unattended son shot himself with a gun he found in a couch

Monday night's tragic incident happened in High Point, less than 20 miles from Winston-Salem

Monday night’s tragic incident happened in High Point, less than 20 miles from Winston-Salem

High Point is about 18 miles southeast of Winston-Salem. 

According to a police report, the adults were ‘having dinner, playing cards, drinking alcohol, and smoking marijuana when the child was left unattended in the living room.’

Two more firearms, multiple firearm accessories, ammunition, marijuana and cocaine were also found in the home, police said.

The child’s mother, Jasmine Fagan, 29, was charged with felony child abuse and held at the Guilford County Jail on $50,000 bond. 

Homeowner Cindy Gibson-Harris, 30, was charged with felony possession of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances.

She was held at the jail on $25,000 bond. 

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