Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fundraiser established for 2-year-old who was accidentally shot by sister

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Tue, April 22 6:00 p.m. MDT

 Stockton Huot, 2, was accidentally shot and killed when his 3-year-old sister got ahold of a rifle that had been left in the living room of the family's home in College Ward, Cache County, on Friday, April 18, 2014. An online fundraiser has been set up to help the family with expenses.

Stockton Huot, 2, was accidentally shot and killed when his 3-year-old sister got ahold of a rifle that had been left in the living room of the family's home in College Ward, Cache County, on Friday, April 18, 2014. An online fundraiser has been set up to help the family with expenses.

(Family photo)

COLLEGE WARD, Cache County — A fundraiser has been set up to help the family of a 2-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed last weekend by his 3-year-old sister.

On Friday, a 3-year-old girl got a hold of a .22-caliber rifle that had been used earlier in the day and left in the living room of her home near 3600 West and 2200 South in the College Ward area, investigators said.

"The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine," the Cache County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We believe the 3-year-old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round."

Stockton Huot was accidentally shot in the stomach. He was rushed to a local hospital and later Primary Children's Hospital, but he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

On Monday, an online fundraising effort was started for the Huot family at www.gofundme.com/8izwxc.

"The Huot family lost their little Stockton in a tragic firearm accident. The family needs as much help as we can give them!!!!" the message on the website states. The organizers hope to raise $5,000 for the family.

The Huots' next door neighbor, Jake Olsen, started the fundraising campaign.

"It's such a tragedy in our area. Our area is super close. Mostly it's family members," he said. "Everyone is so close we want to make sure they're taken care of."

Olsen said the boy's father has taken the tragedy exceptionally hard.

"I have a 1-year-old daughter and I can't imagine what he's going through," Olsen said Tuesday.

But the community wanted to rally around the family to show its support and help offset some of their funeral expenses, he said.

More than $2,200 had been raised by Tuesday evening.

"People are like, 'How much do you want us to donate?' … I've had a toddler walk up and give me a quarter," Olsen said. "It's something that's going to go to help that family."

While police believe the shooting was accidental, an investigation continued Tuesday and a case will likely be turned over to the Cache County Attorney's Office to determine whether any charges are warranted.

A funeral for Stockton is expected to be held this week.

Email: preavy@deseretnews.com, Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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1. im4kids
AUSTIN, TX,
April 22, 2014

I'm sad the family is going through this. My thoughts and prayers are with this family at this time. It is a terrible tragedy, but I hope both parents can get the help they need to make it through as a family. Families are Forever.

2. A Quaker
Brooklyn, NY,
April 23, 2014

So, maybe the fund could be used to buy the family a gun safe?

Where's the outrage that such casual negligence is tolerated? Is the Second Amendment a carte blanche get-out-of-jail-free card, or is the NRA so powerful that prosecutors are more afraid of them than failing to make an example of such foolishness?

Some may argue that losing a child was all the punishment this family deserves. But, classifying this tragedy as some sort of unavoidable accident rather than criminal negligence is nothing more than an explicit endorsement of criminal negligence.

I realize we'll never have meaningful gun control laws in this gun-obsessed country, but we can certainly enforce laws against allowing children casual access to the means to kill each other.

3. LOU Montana
Pueblo, CO,
April 23, 2014

How about we give jail time to both parents for being so careless with a fire arm. I don't believe for one second the magazine was taken out of the fire arm. I do believe the child did pull back the action on the rifle to chamber a bullet. Nice try at cover up by the deputy.

I do feel sorry for the parents and the loss of life of the child is completely horrible. I am angered that this whole thing happened when it should not have! The parent should be held accountable.

4. Reasonable Person
Layton, UT,
April 23, 2014

@LOU Montana abnd @AQuaker

Unfortunately, this is a sign of the "gun culture" that runs deep. Things that should remain hidden (softcore porn involving guns) are proudly displayed in a Facebook group that Daddy belongs to.

5. mcdugall
Murray, UT,
April 23, 2014

I think its important to be empathetic to the family during this time of crisis. Their failure to safely store their firearms have cost them dearly and whatever the investigation outcome is, their guilt and conscious will offer more punishment than anything our judicial system can offer. This is a terrible tragedy and we should all be grateful for life while also be constantly working to reduce the possibility of accidents like this from happening in the future. My condolences to the family.