26-year-old mother dies after police say her toddler son accidentally shoots her

TULSA – A Tulsa woman is dead after her toddler son accidentally shot her in the head, police say.

Christa Engles, 26, was pronounced dead at an area hospital just after 5:30 p.m. Monday after being transported from her east Tulsa home in "grave condition."

Police say Engles was found by the children's grandmother, who arrived home to find the victim in the front room of the house with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Police say it appears she was changing the diaper of her 1-year-old daughter when she was shot by her 3-year-old son with a semiautomatic handgun.

Child specialists interviewed the boy, says Sgt. Dave Walker, who confirmed what police say the evidence shows was an accidental shooting by the toddler.

Engles' husband works out of state as a truck driver.  He returned home around 8 p.m. upon learning of the shooting.

A neighbor tells 2NEWS reporter Liz Bryant the toddler found the gun underneath the couch. She also says Engles was in the Army.

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