Rome Police Capt. Tim Bates says Bartle, who lives with the baby’s mother, had cleaned his 12 gauge shotgun Saturday afternoon just before 5:00, and for some reason he decided to load the gun while sitting on a couch.
Bates says when Bartle got up from the couch, the gun accidentally fired once, hitting the baby boy in the upper body.
The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bates says when investigators asked Bartle why he loaded the gun, his answer was, “he didn’t know”.
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