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Parents jailed for leaving loaded gun on car dashboard before buying marijuana the day their 4-year-old shot himself

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A four-year-old boy’s parents are behind bars after leaving his child in a car with a loaded pistol when he allegedly shot himself on Tuesday afternoon.

Close to noon, the Manitou Springs Police Service received numerous calls about a shot fired at 400 Manitou Avenue. Upon arrival, they found the child dead in the parking lot.

After the preliminary investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) learned that while the father went to make purchases at Maggie’s Farm, a marijuana dispensary, the 4-year-old boy was with his mother and younger sibling in the car and discovered the gun. The boy suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

25-year-old Ashlynne Perez and 26-year-old Carlos Perez are in the El Paso County Jail.

When Ashlynne was interviewed with the Sheriff’s Office she told deputies that she saw the gun inside the car earlier in the day and said it was on the open dashboard cubby. According to the arrest affidavit, the 4-year-old boy unlocked himself from his booster seat in the back seat which Ashlynne said he had done before. She allegedly told her son to re-buckle but he refused and climbed in the driver’s seat of the car.

In court documents, the boy’s mother allegedly had turned to look out the window in the opposite direction of the boy when she heard a loud boom.

When Carlos was interviewed he said when he got out of the car to purchase marijuana the kids were left in the care of his wife and that they were both secure in their car seats.

According to the arrest affidavit, he had shown the same gun to the 4-year-old the day before, but it was unloaded. Carlos had mentioned that the boy had been interested in guns in the past and one of the parents would take the gun away. Carlos had also told the boy not to play with it.

“This is a tragic investigation that not only affects the family of the victim, but it affects our community and our first responders,” EPSO said.

“We want to remind the community to be sure to talk to your children about guns, even if you do not own guns. If you own guns, gun safety must be taught to all those that are near the gun, the gun must be stored unloaded, and locked up. All keys to the locks should be hidden. Our deepest condolences go to the family affected by this tragedy.”

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