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Posted by Tule Laota Langi Iloa on Tuesday, May 29, 2018
The moment when a grandmother wept and hugged the dead body of her two year-old grandson has been captured on video.
The boy shot himself in the head.
“From the extent of the injuries on the child, the doctor said the child’s not going to survive,” but kept him on life support to donate his organs, the jail report stated. They decided to turn off his life-support machine last night.
It is understood the toddler’s grandmother, Tule Langi ‘Iloa has just arrived in the United States from New Zealand.
The video showed other members of the family hugging and lamenting the deceased.
As Kaniva News reported, a Tongan father in West Valley, Utah, has been charged with manslaughter after his two-year-old son was taken to hospital after receiving a serious gunshot wound on Saturday.
The boy’s father, 27-year-old Tasman William Maile, has been arrested and was in Salt Lake County Jail, Utah news media reports.
He has been charged for leaving the weapon accessible to the child, as well as obstruction of justice, drug possession and possession of a weapon by a restricted person; Maile has a criminal history for previous events and is not allowed to own a firearm.
West Valley City police received calls from the toddler’s father about shots fired in the area of 2700 South Fair Isle Lane in West Valley City, just before midnight Saturday.
Maile told Police that his 2-year-old son had shot himself with a handgun.
Officers arrived at the home and found Maile and his two young sons (ages 2 and 7). Police said the 2-year-old was bleeding.
WVCPD administered CPR and first aid until medical personnel could arrive and transport the child to Jordan Valley Hospital, before being airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital.
WVCPD said the child was at the hospital on life support for organ distribution purposes.
Police recovered the handgun from the home and brought Maile in for questioning, and police said he was “not completely cooperative.”
“He did tell us some basic information, that the child got the gun and shot himself with it. But didn’t really elaborate on why the weapon was out and how the child got the weapon.,” Lt. Conger said.
According to a probable cause statement, after being read his Miranda Rights, Maile told police he fell asleep on the floor with his sons while ‘cuddled up together,’ he also admitted to keeping a handgun fully loaded and within arm’s reach with the safety off.
He then told investigators his son had gotten a hold of the handgun, ultimately shooting himself in the upper portion of his head.
Court documents state that Maile had two additional guns (three in the house in-total) which he admitted to throwing away in a community dumpster alongside a ‘distributable amount of marijuana’ as to not get into trouble.
Maile’s bail has been set at $50,000.