ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Police have confirmed a six-year-old boy who was shot to death in Hardin County accidentally killed himself while playing with a gun in his room.
The child found the gun, which belonged to a friend of his mother, unattended on a table in his home on West Airview Drive in Elizabethtown on Tuesday morning, according to police.
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Jacory Williams, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Williams went to the boy's home around 4 a.m. Tuesday to play video games, according to the Hardin County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff John Ward said he brought more than a gaming system with him that morning. A handgun was left unattended in the home.
"The child came out and saw the gun on a table and took it back into his room where he accidentally shot himself," Ward said.
After the single shot rang out, Ward said the child's mother and Williams called 911. When deputies arrived, they found the six-year-old shot.
The boy was dead by the time EMS arrived at the home.
He's been identified as Malachi Fryer. The Hardin County School District confirmed he had just completed first grade at New Highland Elementary.
"You don't expect to see this happening to a child," Ward said. "It's a very sad event, so it's tough on all emergency workers involved."
Hardin County Schools issued the following statements:
Williams was arraigned Wednesday morning, when the judge had strong words for him.
"I'm confident that you understand there was a loss of life because of that weapon that was left unattended," the judge said.
Just days earlier, on Friday, June 1, Williams pleaded guilty to drug charges in Hardin County court. This new charge is a violation of his probation for that conviction.
Williams is being held in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond. The judge ordered him to have no access to weapons if and when he bonds out of jail.
He's due back in court on June 15 for a preliminary hearing.
The case is still under investigation. Sheriff Ward said there could be more charges and more arrests made in the case.