Chicago toddler shot as kids, left alone, played "cops and robbers"

The Chicago home where a toddler was shot. Police say a group of children were  left alone in “deplorable” conditions.

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO -- A Chicago toddler was accidentally shot in the head during a “cops and robbers” game with other children in a home in the city’s Englewood community, reports CBS Chicago.

It’s not clear whether the child shot himself or he was shot by a playmate. Police called the shooting “a travesty,” the station reports.

Chicago police said Thursday the 3-year-old boy was the youngest of at least four children left home unsupervised in an apartment without heat or hot water.  Police said the children had been left in “deplorable conditions,” and a “sizeable” amount of drugs was found inside the home.     

The other children police found with the 3-year-old were age 11 or younger.

Authorities say the wounded boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Police said the child’s mother, who hasn’t been identified, had a Firearm Owner Identification Card. Authorities say she owned a .40 caliber handgun that was found in an unlocked lock box. A spent shell casing found next to the boy matches the caliber of the weapon recovered.

No charges have been announced in the case.