Polo toddler’s siblings being cared for by relatives while DCFS investigates, agency says

POLO – The Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death Thursday of a 23-month-old Polo toddler, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot, an agency spokesman said.

Two other children were removed from the home that evening and are staying with relatives while DCFS investigates, agency spokesman William McCaffrey said this afternoon.

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency investigating the shooting. No details, including how the boy got the gun and who was home at the time, have been released.

Depending on the circumstances, a person who stores or leaves a firearm where a child younger than 14 might access it, and the child then causes “death or great bodily harm” with that firearm, could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000.

Polo police, sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services all responded to a home in the 300 block of South Franklin Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday. The boy died soon after at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

Kathleen Schultz

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