NEW: Child shot himself with gun he found in Trotwood home of his baby sitter

The child who accidentally shot himself Thursday afternoon found the loaded firearm in a room of his baby sitter’s home and he caused it to discharge when he picked it up, Trotwood police said in a statement released tonight.

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Detective Sgt. Joseph McCrary said he understands the 9-year-old boy is in stable condition. He said he could not confirm the report of a neighbor, who said a police officer told her the child shot himself in the foot.

McCrary said he could not comment on the type of gun, who owns it or how many times it discharged.

He also declined comment on whether there were any other children in the home at the time.

The investigation, he said, is continuing.

Trotwood police had been sent to the residence after a relative brought the child to Dayton Children’s Hospital around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Hospital officials alerted Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.

The neighbor told News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy she spoke with an officer who was checking the house to see if anyone was inside.

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She said she told the officer “I didn’t see or hear anything today” when the officer asked her about the shooting.

The neighbor said she doesn’t know the people who live in the house.

“It’s really sad to hear that people have guns around where kids can get a hold of them,” she said.

Police have the names of two people believed to have been with the child at the time of the shooting.

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