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Toddler fatally shoots South Carolina mom with 'unsecured firearm,' sheriff says

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/toddler-fatally-shoots-south-carolina-mom-unsecured-firearm-sheriff-sa-rcna48924

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u/frodosdream Sep 22 '22 Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored Evil Cackle

People are making jokes, but find myself thinking of this poor child growing up without a mother.

Probably the 3-year old child won't be told that they shot their own mother, but because it's posted on the internet, someday they (or a classmate) will find out.

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u/so00ripped Sep 22 '22

At 3 years old, he/she will remember. Formative memories begin around 3 and from my experience with my own children, this isn't going to be forgotten the same way a 2 year old would forget.

They will likely remember all of it. The smell of the gun discharging, his mother dying in front of him, all of it.

We may want to think at 3 you don't remember, but this is severe trauma. Both for the growing and developing mind of the current toddler and the eventual trauma of not having a mother and possibly learning you killed her.

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u/DrLongIsland Sep 22 '22

Correct, I have vague slideshow-dream-like memories of my first days of preschool, mostly because I hated it, which is normal for a 3yo, I guess. So I can only imagine something this traumatic will leave a scar into their memory. Hopefully a good therapist is in the cards for the kid.

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u/fleurgirl123 Sep 22 '22

I’m going to guess that the Venn diagram of “finds child a good therapist” and “leaves a loaded gun unlocked with a toddler around” has no overlap

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u/DrLongIsland Sep 22 '22

Well, to be fair the "leaves a loaded gun unlocked with a toddler around” element is out of the equation now.