A 30-year-old man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor after a toddler fatally shot himself at the man's residence earlier this year, police said.
The Lonoke County sheriff's office said Vance Colbert Gatlin was arrested on warrants "based on the shooting death of 3-year-old Noah Chambers" at Gatlin's Lonoke County home on July 21.
Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Jim Kulesa said Noah followed Gatlin and his wife from the toddler's mobile home to Gatlin's at 9196 Kerr Station Road. The toddler then picked up a handgun that had been left on a nightstand near a bed and shot himself with it, police said.
The boy's parents — who Kulesa described as close family friends with Gatlin and his wife — were in their home at the time.
Gatlin was also charged with theft by receiving because the gun had been reported stolen out of North Little Rock several years earlier, Kulesa said.
Gatlin is scheduled to appear in Lonoke County District Court on Nov. 5.