Weld County District Attorney to decide charges in shooting death of 3-year-old Sheine Steine

FREDERICK, Colo. - Police investigating the accidental shooting death of a 3-year-old boy have forwarded the case to prosecutors to decide whether charges are warranted.

The Longmont Times-Call reports that Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour said Tuesday the Weld County District Attorney's Office now has the case of Sheine Steine.

The boy's mother called 911 on Oct. 28 and told dispatchers her son had apparently fallen, wasn't breathing and was bleeding from the head. The coroner's office determined the toddler died from an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

First responders say they found a .40-caliber handgun near the boy, but investigators have not said how he got a hold of the weapon.

Barbour later confirmed to 7NEWS that the semiautomatic gun was legally owned by the boy's stepfather, Jeremy McCollem, who was not home at the time.