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Justin Foss Jr.

Age 4

Augusta, Georgia

His mother begged him to breathe

In the photo, he wears a gray T-Rex t-shirt and bright yellow shorts that complement his ginger hair. He stands on the grass with a hint of a smile on his face.

In a blink of an eye, an accident transforms into a nightmare. “You’ve got to fight to breathe,” his mother desperately urged. “Breathe for daddy. Daddy’s coming.”

Justin Foss Jr., 4, shot himself in the head after finding his father’s Smith & Wesson handgun under a couch. He died at the Augusta University Medical Center an hour after the police arrived at his home on Skinner Mill Road in Augusta, Georgia, on July 7, 2018.

By Zoe Hsu · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 infants and toddlers

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Damion Little Jr.

By his mother’s side until death

Ke'Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.

He was well beyond his years

David Jermaine Hall

Empty seat in his mother’s car

Jason Garcia Perez

Three months from his first birthday


Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.


The pistol was on the counter

Nyla Jones

Shot by accident, while with family

Paxton Reece Edwards

It seemed like a happy home

Owen Propes

Rosy cheeks, blue eyes. Only 3.

Kayleen Lor

She just wanted to help people

Aiden Martin

Cinnamon twists. Play-Doh. Accident. Bloody refrigerator.

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

Messiah Murphy

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

Kyrie L. Johnson

He was only 17 months old

Livia Robinson

Sweet Livia’s smile ended while sleeping

Mikayla Alina Walker

Champion won’t lift yellow sword again

Montreal Dunn

Picket fence couldn’t keep him safe

Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes

His mom had birthday invitations ready

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms