A two-year-old child has died after being shot in the face in Canton.

Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo said his department was dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Royal Ave. NE after receiving a 911 call from a distraught mother.

Upon arrival, it was quickly learned that the victim, Brandon Owens, had suffered a gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital where he died.

According to police investigation, it is believed that a loaded, unsecured firearm was located by Owens and another toddler, a three-year-old. The gun was then discharged before striking the victim in the face.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Canton Police Department wants to remind everyone that unsecured firearms should not be kept within reach of children.