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Iowa couple charged after the mother was shot by toddler son


Iowa mom, 21, is shot and critically wounded by two-year-old son who found loaded gun on bedside table, with couple now facing child endangerment charges

  • Meriah Carlyle, 21, and Logan Keller, 23, charged with child endangerment stemming from November 4 shooting 
  • Police say parents left a loaded a gun within reach of their two-year-old son, who got hold of it and shot his mother inside their Dyersville, Iowa, home 
  • Carlyle was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition and underwent three surgeries in two weeks   

Police in Iowa have charged the parents of a two-year-old boy with child endangerment, saying the toddler accidentally shot his mother with an unsecured gun he found in the family home.

Meriah Carlyle, 21, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Logan Keller have each been charged this week for allegedly leaving a loaded handgun on a bedside table on November 4.

According to investigators, the two-year-old boy, whom DailyMail.com is not naming because he is a juvenile, found the gun inside the family’s home in Dyersville, then accidentally shot his mother. 

Meriah Carlyle, 21, was critically wounded when police say her two-year-old son (pictured together) accidentally shot her inside their Iowa home

Meriah Carlyle, 21, was critically wounded when police say her two-year-old son (pictured together) accidentally shot her inside their Iowa home

Carlyle and her boyfriend, Logan Keller, 23 (pictured), have been charged with child endangerment for allegedly leaving a loaded gun on a bedside table

Carlyle and her boyfriend, Logan Keller, 23 (pictured), have been charged with child endangerment for allegedly leaving a loaded gun on a bedside table 

Police responded to the residence on 4th Avenue NE at around 6.15pm and found Carlyle suffering from a critical injury to her leg. 

The victim was initially taken to Finley Hospital in Dubuque before she was airlifted to Iowa City for life-saving treatment.

According to the description of a GoFundMe campaign that has been launched to help the family with their expenses, the bullet severely damaged Carlyle’s femoral artery and femur. Over the past two weeks, the woman has undergone three surgeries, including one that lasted eight hours. 

Both Carlyle and Keller allegedly were in the room with their son where the gun was, but did not notice the boy had picked up the gun until it fired

Both Carlyle and Keller allegedly were in the room with their son where the gun was, but did not notice the boy had picked up the gun until it fired

Carlyle  was airlifted to a hospital in Iowa City in critical condition and underwent three surgeries in two weeks

Carlyle  was airlifted to a hospital in Iowa City in critical condition and underwent three surgeries in two weeks

‘We are trying to raise as much as possible for her, so she can pay off her medical bills from this terrible accident,’ the fundraiser page stated. ‘Please help meriah, as she will have a long road to recovery so anything helps.’ 

Police said in a criminal complaint that both Carlyle and Keller were in the room with their son where the gun was, but did not notice the boy had picked up the gun until it discharged.

The parents were arrested on Monday and were released on promised to appear. 

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