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5-Year Old Succumbs to Gunshot Injury

June 6th, 2024 by WCBC Radio

On June 5, 2024, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cumberland Police were notified of a 5-year-old male brought into the emergency room at UPMC, Cumberland, by a parent with a gunshot wound.

The Cumberland Police Department, along with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit and Allegany County Child Protective Services, promptly initiated an investigation. Preliminary findings reveal that the child was in the care of his father, Warin Foster, age 31, at their Glen Street residence in Cumberland when the child found an unlocked, loaded handgun and, while playing with it, allegedly shot himself.

Tragically, despite the hospital staff's lifesaving efforts, the child succumbed to his injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Warin Torae Foster, age 31, of Cumberland, has been arrested and charged with: manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and allowing firearm access to a minor. Additional charges are expected pending further investigation.  Foster is currently awaiting his initial court appearance.

"It is so tragic that a child has lost their life due to the careless actions of a parent. As adults, we have a responsibility and moral obligation to keep our kids safe. This responsibility is even greater with gun owners. We must work harder to keep our community safe," Chief Ternent.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the critical importance of gun safety, especially in households with children. The community mourns the loss of a young life and urges all gun owners to ensure their firearms are securely stored to prevent such devastating incidents.