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Police: 4-year-old boy dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Boy found unresponsive in Monroe County home

VIDEO: Little boy dies playing with gun


Authorities in Monroe County are investigating the death of a four-year-old boy who police say appeared to be killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face.

State Police say their preliminary investigation shows family members discovered the unresponsive boy at his home in the 500 block of Ash Lane in Chestnuthill Township around 11 a.m. Sunday.

The boy, identified by police as Bentley Thomas Koch, was rushed to Pocono Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

According to Facebook, the boy's mother is a firefighter for Steel City and Freemansburg fire companies, and lives in Bethlehem.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for the boy's funeral.

At this point, there's no word on whether any family members may face charges.

The investigation, which involves state police and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, is ongoing.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

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