In a devastating tragedy, Christa Engles was shot by her toddler after the 3-year-old boy found a gun lying loaded under the family couch. An updated report provided by Sport Act News reveals this Wednesday, November 26, 2014, that the young mom — Engles was only 26 years old — was shot and killed accidentally by her son while changing the diaper of her baby, 1, near the front of their home. Family, friends, and even commenters hearing this story are speaking out on the harrowing loss; some, however, feel the gun should not have been anywhere near the child in the first place.
Tulsa police are still investigating the sad mishap, but the Christa Engles shot by toddler incident continues this afternoon with law enforcement officials and loved ones providing what information they can at this time. The 26-year-old mom is believed to have been shot in the head by her son, who later spoke with police during a simple form of questioning and confirmed what had happened.
“The grandmother arrived home and found the victim along with the children inside the house,” a police spokesperson conveyed to a local media outlet. “The victim was found in the front room of the house as if she was changing the 1-year-old’s diaper.”
In the updated press release, authorities declare that the Christa Engles’ 3-year-old son, who has not been named, found a .40 caliber gun that was hidden beneath a couch cushion. He was walking toward the front of the house to show his mom when the toddler accidentally shot and killed her. The grandmother was said to arrive to the residence first and discover the horrible sight. She quickly took the children out of the bloody scene and called police for help.
Yet it wasn’t until the husband of the mom accidentally shot by her own child came home that Tulsa, Oklahoma, authorities released news on the sad information to the public, adds News Oxy this morning. The grieving spouse and dad, Brian Engles, recently took to Facebook to share with the world what happened. His response to the sad mishap is heartbreaking.
“I lost my wife to an accident yesterday,” Brian posted to Facebook. “Don’t forget to tell your loved ones they are loved. You really never know when the last I love you really is the last. It’s a new day, it will be my first without you. I have so much on my mind but it doesn’t matter. I know you loved me, I worship the ground you walked on. I am the luckiest man alive, to have been able to love you. Since the day i met you you have been the best part of me. I love you Precious Angel.”
Yet others are also speaking out on the Christa Engles shot by toddler tragedy in a public response. The killed mom’s neighbor also talked with news sources this week to convey that the 26-year-old woman was “strong, generous, and loving,” and that this is simply a terrible accident for all involved in the family. She also noted Engles served in the military.
“She was strong and spoke her mind and generous to a fault. She was loving, an amazing daughter, friend, mom, sister. She was just a good person. She decided she could make a bigger impact by serving her country, not only that, but someday wanted to become a drill sergeant to affect other people’s careers in the military.” Said another neighbor, “Christa always knew she was going to be a mom. She thought she would be a mom to a bunch of boys. She was lucky and got a really great little boy and an awesome little girl.”
According to the police report, Engles’ 9mm handgun was somewhere in the living room and had gone to change her young baby’s diaper when the 3-year-old son found it. It is believed to have been in its holster at the time. With children in the home, gun safety is more important than ever, and some view that to be a serious issue in this particular tragedy. The 26-year-old mom passed away on Monday night. More information can be found here on the original article.
“It is not a horrible accident,’” says one commenter. “It is the direct result of criminal negligence and stupidity on the part of the adults in the home.” Another reader had this to say about the gun and father’s response. “No comment from the husband about his remorse for allowing loaded weapons to be ‘hidden’ throughout the house? I am sorry for his loss but his “Precious Angel” would be alive today if not for the guns in the house. That little boy will be traumatized the rest of his life when he is old enough to understand.”