OAKDALE, LA (KPLC) - Oakdale police are still investigating, but so far authorities have concluded the shooting of a 4-year-old in Oakdale Saturday was accidental. They say the little boy picked up a loaded gun at home.
Ky'Marley Harrington is described by his mother as sweet and loving.
"He was smart and talented," Ky'Marley's mother Aisha Rosario said. "The sweetest, most innocent child. He always made sure to tell me every day, 'Mommy you're so pretty. I love you! You're the best mom in the world.' Those are the words that play in my head every day. He was his sisters' protector. He loved to let his imagination run free. He loved to play sports and loved the Ninja Turtles."
Grant Willis, chief of detectives with Oakdale police, says though the boy's death is considered accidental a full investigation is underway.
"No foul play," Willis said. "It does appear to be an accident. The child got hold of the gun. Our investigation will consist of doing more follow up investigative interviews to see if there's any negligence or anything."
Willis says it happened at the family's house on Prater street where the parents and their three children were Saturday.
"The child did get a hold of the handgun, it was loaded and it did discharge and struck him," Willis said.
Willis and Sheriff Doug Hebert say it's a reminder to keep guns secure and out of the reach of children.
"Either unload them, make those weapons safe or come up with some mechanism to keep them out of children's hands whether it's a safe or a locked closet," said Hebert.
Willis urges prayer for the heartbroken family and emergency responders.
"We don't see a lot of it around here," Hebert said. "It's just a tragedy and it's something that officers have to deal themselves, along with the family."
Once the investigation is complete the report will be turned over to the district attorney's office.
An autopsy is complete and the child's body has been released to the family.