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Update (May 11, 2016) -- The mother of the child, Kanisha Shelton, has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2016) – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after they say a 2-year-old child died Wednesday night after being shot in the chest.

Police were called to the 5200 block of Alameda Road on Indy's northwest side just after 9 p.m. after receiving reports that a child had been shot. Police said the boy retrieved the gun from his mother's purse while she stepped away. The purse had been sitting on the kitchen counter.

When officers arrived on scene, they say they found the unresponsive 2-year-old boy suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police say the child was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health where he was later pronounced dead by medical staff.

According to police, the child’s mother was the only other person in the house at the time of the shooting. Detectives released the grieving mother after questioning her.

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