Parents charged in toddler's death

JEWETT CITY, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut state police have arrested the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died last month after accidentally shooting himself with a gun he found in the family's home.

Jason and Rebecca Matteau turned themselves in after being told authorities had arrest warrants for them. They've been freed on $50,000 bond each and ordered to appear in court on October 1st.

The shooting happened late last month. State police say the boy died after the gun accidentally fired, shooting him in the head. They say the couple was in the apartment at the time, but the son was alone in a room when the gun went off.

Connecticut law makes it a crime to store loaded firearms in an area where the owner reasonably should know that someone under 16 could find them.

The Matteaus are both charged with risk of injury to a minor. Jason Matteau is also charged with criminally negligent storage of a firearm.

Both charges are felonies. Risk of injury to a minor carries up to 10 years in prison, and the firearm charge carries up to five years.

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