NC dad charged after toddler finds gun in truck, shoots himself in chest

The gun was inside one of these door pockets on this truck. WFMY photo

THURMOND, N.C. (WFMY) — A father has been arrested and charged after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot himself in the chest.

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Cody Groce, 25, is charged with one count of failure to store a firearm to protect a minor, according to the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

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The incident happened about a month ago near Groce’s house in Thurmond, N.C.

The Sheriff said Groce and his son were in a pickup truck parked in their driveway when Groce went into the garage.

Groce left his handgun in the truck’s door pocket.

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According to the Sheriff, the toddler picked up the gun from the door pocket and accidentally shot himself.

The 2-year-old boy is out of the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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