Arrest made in toddler killed in shooting in north St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KPLR) - Homicide detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating the shooting death of a toddler in a north county neighborhood.  The 21-month-old boy was shot in the torso.  He was driven by a woman to  St. Mary's Hospital where the he was pronounced dead.

Police say the shooting occurred at a residence in the 7700 block of Utica Drive in Hanley Hills. Investigators believe the shooting was accidental, with the victim picking up a loaded handgun and shooting himself.

Detectives have arrested a person.

The toddler's mother cooperated with the investigation, and was the person who drove the child to hospital.

Police are calling this a tragic event after 9-year-old Jamyla Bolden was shot and killed last week.  She was doing her homework while sitting in her mother's bed.  The reward for a suspect in that case is now $8,265.

Police say the case will be presented to the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office Wednesday morning.

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