(Metamora, Ind.) - A four-year-old boy shot in his home Wednesday afternoon was playing with his twin brother when they found a loaded handgun.
Indiana State Police released more information about the death of Aiden Mehlbauer Thursday afternoon. The four-year-old died at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital about two-and-a-half hours after he suffered the gunshot.
Investigators say around 4:00 p.m., Aiden and his twin were playing alone in the basement of their home on Stacy Road near Metamora. The boys’ mother was upstairs helping their sister with homework.
In the basement there is an area being remodeled. Their father, Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy Greg Mehlbauer, was storing his uniform and equipment in that area.
That’s where the boys apparently found a loaded 40 caliber Glock semi automatic handgun. As the gun was being handled, it fired. Aiden was struck in the abdomen causing the injury he later died from.
Greg Mehlbauer had left for his shift with the sheriff’s department a short time before the accident. He heard about it during his drive and began speeding back home, causing a minor wreck on the way.
The gun which went off was not Mehlbauer's regular duty weapon say state police. It may have been issued as an off-duty weapon.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning at the Hamilton County Coroner’s office in Cincinnati. It could be eight to twelve weeks before the final autopsy results will be available.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze did not dismiss the possibility of charges being filed in coming weeks and months. Once the investigation is complete, the findings will be handed to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office to decide if there was any criminal negligence.