Child taken to hospital with gunshot wound

West Virginia

UPDATE 11:40 a.m. on Friday, March 5: The suspect, James Brown has been arrested by Charleston Police and is currently at the CPD booking office. 

UPDATE 9:30 a.m. March, 4, 2021: Charleston police are searching for a man wanted for child neglect charges.

The charges stem from an incident Sunday morning when a 5-year-old boy was taken to CAMC with a gunshot wound to the leg. After further investigation, Charleston police determined that the gun belonged to the boy’s father James Douglas Brown, 48, of Dunbar.

Police say Brown left the child and the gun in his car – where the child found the gun and shot himself.

Brown is now wanted for child neglect resulting in injury and persons prohibited from possessing firearms.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Charleston Police Department Criminal
Investigation Division at 304-348-6480 or Metro Communications at 304-348-8111.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Charleston Police Department is investigating after a 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

According to the CPD, police responded to a reported gunshot wound victim at CAMC – Women and Children’s Hospital around 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. Police say the child sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Officers say the boy was in a parked vehicle in the 100 block of Kanawha Blvd. East when witnesses noticed him bleeding when he exited the vehicle.

The child was taken to the hospital by a personal vehicle and is in stable condition, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released. Police say there is no threat to the public, residents or businesses in the area.

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