3-year-old who shot himself still recovering in hospital

Published: Dec. 14, 2017 at 5:57 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2017 at 6:32 PM EST
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Kaden Spencer (Source: Family photo)
Kaden Spencer (Source: Family photo)
Kaden Spencer was rushed to the hospital on Dec. 3 after he accidentally shot himself in the...
Kaden Spencer was rushed to the hospital on Dec. 3 after he accidentally shot himself in the chest. (Source: Family photo)
Nashae Hidder (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Nashae Hidder (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The mother of a toddler who shot himself in Old Louisville, celebrated his third birthday at Norton Children's Hospital.

Kaden Spencer was rushed to the hospital on Dec. 3 after he accidentally shot himself in the chest. Spencer's father put him in his car to take him to the hospital. He crashed at Hill and Fourth streets, not too far from the apartment.

Police met them there and rushed them to the hospital.

Kaden's mother, Nashae Hidder, is 35 weeks pregnant and was in the hospital herself when her son arrived at Norton Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest.

"I'm trying to cope with this and move on because it's not going to change anything," Hidder told us Thursday. "I just have to deal with Kaden being in the hospital and hopefully he gets out soon."

Kaden shot himself in the chest, thankfully missing his vital organs. He was admitted into the ICU and put on a ventilator. Now he's on oxygen and doctors told the family he will recover.

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Hidder said her son was staying with his father on Oleanda Avenue the weekend of the shooting. She said the gun was placed under a mattress.

"I just want people to put the guns away from children," Hidder said. "Make sure it's on safety. Under a mattress isn't good."

Kentucky state law does not regulate firearm storage or locking devices.

"There is nothing in the law that is going to encourage a commonwealth's attorney or county attorney to prosecute a case involving careless storage of a gun," Representative Jim Wayne said.

Wayne introduced House Bill 165 for the 2018 Legislative Session.

The bill would require gun owners to secure their weapons if minors are present. Improper firearm storage would be a Class B misdemeanor if the child gets access to the weapon. The charge would rise to Class A misdemeanor if the minor uses the weapon resulting in injury or death.

"A child cannot make a judgment on what's a safe secure place in a car, but an adult can," Wayne said. "There are similarities with booster seats and gun safety regulations."

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A similar bill was filed in 2017, but died after losing action.

In the meantime, Hidder is focused on her son's recovery.

"He is blessed to be alive," she said.

Hidder does not know when Kaden will be released.

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