BALTIC -- At 6:55 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Office was called to respond to what was reported as an accidental shooting of a five-year old boy at 102 Baltic Haus Drive, Apt. 7, Baltic.
Upon arrival, investigators were told that the five-year old boy had told Emergency Services Personnel that the gun was not locked up when he began to play with it and accidentally shot himself. The owner of the gun, Adam D. Bays, 27, of that address is the boyfriend to the boy's mother.
Bays said the gun was locked in a gun cabinet however investigators could find no padlock anywhere nearby.
The boy shot himself in the pelvis and leg area and was treated by EMS before being flown by helicopter to Akron Children's hospital. The boy underwent surgery and was last reported to be in good condition with the bullet only causing minor damage.
The investigation also revealed that while responding to an unrelated call in June of this year, the same gun owner was found to have an unsecured loaded weapon in the living room and was ordered to lock it up due to children being present.
Children services were made aware of the situation and temporary placement of the other children in the home was made with a relative. Children Services was also made aware of the unsanitary conditions of the home, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Bays has no known criminal record and was the holder of a concealed weapon permit issued out of Holmes County. That permit was confiscated and will be returned to the Holmes County Sheriff's Office along with a full copy of the report.
Bays is being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail until the formal filing of charges on Monday, Dec. 30.
Bays is expected to be charged with endangering children, a felony of the third degree.