2-year-old boy dies after shooting; mother arrested on child abuse charges

Published: Oct. 21, 2018 at 7:17 PM MDT
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UPDATE (10/31):

The mother of a 2-year-old child killed by a gunshot has been arrested, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Newly released arrest documents detail what led up to the boy accidentally shooting himself.

Melissa Adamson, 32, faces charges of child abuse resulting in death.

According to arrest papers, Adamson was concerned that her meth dealer would stop by the house, they reportedly had been arguing over a drug deal.

Adamson reportedly told detectives that she loaded a gun that she eventually left in a home office.

Surveillance video inside their home shows her son, 2-year old Lohki Bloom, walking into that office. Moments later, someone in the living room is seen going into the office and carrying Lohki out who was visually injured.

The coroner ruled the manner of Lohki's death as an accident.


PREVIOUS (10/21):

A 2-year-old boy died Sunday night after a shooting in a home just south of Colorado Springs.

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe account for cremation and funeral expenses.

to donate.

The boy has been identified as Lohki Bloom.

El Paso County deputies were immediately flagged down by the parents after arriving on Hartford Street in the Stratmoor area around 5:20 Sunday evening. Lohki's mother was cradling him in her arms.

Lohki was gravely injured and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Law enforcement is remaining close-lipped about the circumstances leading up to the shooting. Deputies were on scene for nearly 12 hours, finally packing up shortly before 5 Monday morning.

"It's absolutely tragic," said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokesperson for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "We've got a 2-year-old [victim]. But any shooting, we will investigate the same way. We will interview all the witnesses, canvas the neighborhood, talk to the neighbors, and piece together what happened here."

Miranda Hobbs, who has babysat the little boy and his brothers in the past, told 11 News the tragedy hurt her heart.

"It makes me think how real things are in this life, and how little time some people have and anything can happen."

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