In Columbus, Ohio, a 3-year-old boy was killed after he accidentally shot himself with a loaded gun he found in his father’s kitchen. Now his mom and his twin brother are suffering the loss.

CBS Austin reported that in September, twin boys Jachin and Jaxon were visiting their father when Jachin found a loaded gun in the kitchen. Jachin got ahold of the gun and shot himself, with his twin watching only a few feet away.

The twins’ parents are divorced, so Jennifer Wallen, the boys’ mother, was unable to supervise the boys at their 26-year-old father Steven Matthew Wallen’s home.

Jennifer said:

“No parent is perfect, but you keep your kids safe… I can’t even tell you the things that were going through my mind.”

NBC4i reported that Madison Township Police Department Capt. Jim Dean said Steven found his son after Jachin shot himself.

Dean said:

“He keeps a loaded firearm in his kitchen for his home protection. He discovered his 3-year-old son lying in the living room with a gunshot to the head, the firearm was laying on the floor.”

Their father was indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury for two felonies; involuntary manslaughter and endangering children with firearm specifications.

Wallen said that since her son’s death, Jaxon has been dealing with PTSD symptoms and attends therapy sessions on a weekly basis at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

She said:

“He witnessed it and was like feet away from losing his twin. So… I just do everything I can for him.”

Wallen reminisced over her son’s short time with her. She recalled sweet memories of holding her child in her arms, something she will never be able to do again.

“Jachin had the biggest, brightest smile that you could ever imagine… We always cuddled up and watched ‘choo choo’ in a recliner and it was just something we did every night before bedtime.”


Wallen wears a bracelet and a necklace to help her remember her son.

She said:

“He’s kind of keeping me steady.”

Watch ABC6’s heartbreaking report below.

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