Boy, 3, shot self with gun he found in purse

CINCINNATI — A 3-year-old boy killed by a gunshot had been playing with a pistol he found in his mother’s purse in their home near Cincinnati, police said Friday.

In audio tape of a 911 call released by police, a woman identifying herself as the mother of Marques Green said she carried the gun in her purse, and had set her purse down after getting home.

“My son just shot himself and I’m not getting a pulse,” screamed the woman, who gave her name as Elizabeth Green in the call Thursday afternoon. “Oh, my God. Oh, my God, I’m not getting a pulse … I don’t think he’s alive!”

Sgt. Ed Buns said Hamilton police were working with the Butler County prosecutor’s office to decide whether anyone should be charged in the case. It’s the second apparently accidental gunshot death of a young person this month in the city of 62,000 people north of Cincinnati.

Police said the boy was wounded in the chest and pronounced dead at a hospital shortly afterward.

The woman told the 911 dispatcher: “His eyes are open, but he’s out.”

Police didn’t release information about the gun, but TV footage showed a detective carrying a handgun out of the residence on Thursday.

A neighbor said she heard a woman screaming Thursday and ran to her balcony to see what was happening.

“She was holding her son and he was lifeless, just completely lifeless,” Amanda Reed, who lives across the street, told WLWT-TV.

Earlier Thursday, a 16-year-old boy was arraigned in juvenile court on a charge of reckless homicide after the June 3 shooting of a 14-year-old Hamilton boy.

Investigators have said they believe the boys were playing with a gun when it discharged, striking Gabriel Mejia in the head. He died last week.

Police: Mother beat infant because he made it hard to sleep

CINCINNATI — A 22-year-old southwest Ohio mother is in custody after police say she assaulted her 4-week-old son because he was making it difficult for her to sleep.

Authorities say Peek Gaddis was arraigned Thursday on a felonious assault charge in Hamilton County Court.

Police say the Colerain Township woman told them she punched her son several times on May 10. The infant suffered a fractured skull and brain bleed, and his condition isn’t known.

Gaddis’ attorney says her infant son and two other children have been placed in foster care.

Gaddis is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on $15,000 bond. Her case is expected to go before a grand jury June 22.

Jeni’s halts production after listeria again found

COLUMBUS — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams says it has found listeria in its plant again and has halted production for the second time since April.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company said on its website Friday that listeria was discovered during the routine monitoring process, and it is taking steps to figure out how it happened. It says no ice cream was contaminated.

Jeni’s is temporarily closing its 21 retail shops because there isn’t enough ice cream to stock them.

Jeni’s shut down production April 23, recalled its products and closed shops after listeria was discovered in pints of ice cream and the plant. Production resumed May 13 after a thorough cleaning.

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries also shut down in April after listeria in its products was linked to three deaths.

Nebraskan sentenced for child porn

BELLEVUE, Neb. — A Nebraska man who tried to extort an Ohio 16-year-old into sending him more sex photos has been imprisoned for 30 years.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Christopher Brackett, of Bellevue, was sentenced Thursday in Omaha. He’d been convicted by a Nebraska jury of producing, transporting and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors say Brackett met the 16-year-old girl online and went to Canton, Ohio, twice in 2013 to have sex with her and record several images.

Once home he asked her for more sexually explicit images. When she declined despite his threats to post the earlier images on the Internet, he went ahead and posted them. He listed her phone and address and encouraged people to call or to stop at her home for sex.

She told her parents. They called authorities.

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