By Shamar Walters / NBC News
December 1, 2015

A baby was fatally shot when a shotgun belonging to his mother’s boyfriend went off in their living room, police said.

Authorities found seven-month-old Nathaniel W. Hitt dead while responding to a report of an injured child at an apartment in Rome, New York, at around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Police said Henry W. Bartle, 18, had left the “shotgun laying on his lap with the muzzle pointed in the direction of the child” when he attempted to get up. The 12-gauge weapon fired as Bartle stood and the baby was struck in his upper body, according to Rome police.

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