TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Police in Topeka have ruled the non-fatal shooting of a child in a hotel room accidental, but a 45-year-old man is facing numerous charges in the case.
Officers were called to a Holiday Inn Express in northern Topeka around 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and found a 6-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. WIBW-TV reports a woman identifying herself as the child’s mother said the boy remained in critical condition but was improving Monday night.
Police arrested a Topeka man who was in the room early Sunday on two felony counts, including criminal possession of a firearm. He was also booked on nine misdemeanor counts of child endangerment one for each of the nine children who were in the hotel room along with four adults.