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5-Year-Old Chicago Boy Shot for Second Time in Two Years

The father of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the hand in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood has been arrested. This is the second time Kavan Collins has suffered a gunshot wound in his short life.

The young boy was at his father, Kevin Collins’ home when he found a gun under a mattress on the evening of December 19. The boy told authorities that he was hiding a toy from his brother, when he found the weapon and pulled the trigger, shooting himself in his right hand. He was taken to Comer Children’s hospital and will receive a skin graft before he can return home.

His father, who was home with five other children and several adult relatives, is being charged with multiple felonies, including being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, as well as a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.

Over a year ago, in June 2016, Kavan was walking down the street in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood of Chicago with his mother, when a stray bullet hit him in the jaw. Kavan and his mother recall that they had heard fireworks, then the gunshots. The gunmen were aiming at a group of people standing in a nearby courtyard. One of the stray bullets hit Kavan, while another hit a 28-year-old woman. After that, Kavan had surgery to repair his broken jaw. His mother had stated, “Now he thinks he needs a gun for protection,” after the incident.

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