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Norwalk woman dies after being shot by toddler, police say – News-Herald | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


A 31-year-old pregnant Norwalk woman and her unborn son died after she reportedly was shot by her toddler at their Woodlawn Avenue home.

At 1:11 p.m., June 16, Laura Ilg called the Norwalk Police Department to report that she had been shot in the back by her 2-year-old son, according to a news release.

Several seconds later, the woman’s husband called 911 stating he received a phone call from his wife “screaming something about my son and needing to call 911,” the release stated.

The woman initially called her husband, but he couldn’t understand what she was saying so he called police for help, said Norwalk police Chief Dave Smith.

Officers arrived on scene at 1:14 p.m. and forced their way into the residence through a locked front door.

Ilg and her 2-year-old son were in the master bedroom on the second story of the home, along with a Sig Sauer P365 Nitro Micro-Compact Semi-automatic pistol, the release stated.

Officers removed the child from the room at the request of the victim and began rendering aid.

Ilg “was fully conscious and gave them a complete account of the events that occurred,” the release stated.

She told officers the door to the bedroom usually is locked, but she’d been in the room tending to laundry, Smith said.

The Norwalk Fire Department arrived at 1:16 p.m., followed by paramedics with North Central EMS. Her husband also arrived home.

Ilg was transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where an emergency caesarean section was performed, but her unborn son was unable to be saved, the release stated.

Ilg died three hours later, the release stated.

“There are no words,” Smith said. “It’s an immense tragedy. It’s heart wrenching.”

The pistol, along with a spent shell casing, were collected by responding officers, the release stated. It was loaded with an additional 12 rounds.

The Norwalk Police Department’s Detective Bureau later executed a search warrant.

“Along with observing numerous child safety features, such as safety gates at almost every doorway and child locks on all accessible draws, detectives seized an additional loaded 12-round magazine for the Sig Sauer P365 Nitro Micro-Compact Semi-automatic pistol from a nightstand in the master bedroom,” the release stated.

Additionally, a loaded shotgun and rifle were also taken, the release stated.

This is an open and ongoing investigation as additional evidence, Smith said. The case will be forwarded to the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office.

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