Orange County child dies from gunshot wound

The Orange County Sheriff's Office has identified a 5-year-old that died from a gunshot wound after apparently finding a loaded gun. The victim is identified as John Read.

A 911 dispatcher received a call Monday afternoon reporting an unresponsive child in the 1200 block of Scott Drive. When emergency crews arrived at the house they found Read with a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities say the shooting happened at a home located in the 1200 block of Roberts Road where the child was in the care of a babysitter.  The babysitter said she heard a loud noise from another room and went to investigate.  She said she found the child wounded.  She picked the child up and ran through woods to his grandparent's house on Scott Drive because there is no phone service at the home.

The child was pronounced deceased at the scene.


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