Christa Engles was found dead in Tulsa after her son shot her with a handgun he found under the couch

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Updated November 26, 2014 10:45 AM

A young mom is dead after being shot in the head by her 3-year-old son in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Christa Engles was changing her 1-year-old daughter’s diaper when her son found a semiautomatic handgun under the couch, KJRH reports.

Engles, 26, who lived with her mother and husband, was alone with the children at the time of the accident on Monday evening.

The woman was rushed to the hospital after her mother arrived home and found her daughter “in the front room of the house as if she was changing the 1-year-old’s diaper,” Tulsa police Sgt. Dave Walker said in a statement to Tulsa World.

Additionally, the grandmother also “found the two children covered in blood,” a neighbor, Vera Bennett, told FOX 23.

“We think this is a horrible, horrible accident,” Walker added. “The neighbors, family, co-workers, and church family quickly gathered around this family in support of them during this terrible time.”

Husband Brian Engles, a truck driver, arrived home hours later. He shared the news of the tragic accident with family and friends on Facebook, New York’s Daily News reports.

“I lost my wife to an accident yesterday,” he allegedly wrote. “Don’t forget to tell your loved ones they are loved. You really never know when the last I love you is really the last.”

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