Deaths of local man, toddler were both from gunshot wounds to the head

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The deaths of a Temple man and a 3-year-old were both the result of gunshot wounds to the head, according to preliminary autopsy results released Tuesday.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield told KWTX Tuesday morning he had received the reports of autopsy from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, in Dallas, for Santiago Jasso, 28, and a 3-year-old boy and both revealed the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the head, one ruled a homicide, the other a suicide.

Temple police later identified the boy as Leonardo Martinez.

The department said Jasso mishandled a firearm and shot Martinez accidentally.

Police said Jasso subsequently took his own life.

Duffield said the child’s mother drove him to McLane’s Children’s Hospital at Baylor Scott and White, but he died before he arrived.

Police learned of the secondary scene, in the 4700 block of Midway Drive, from her, which is when they found Jasso’s body.

According to a press release, police were sent to McLane Children's Hospital around 3:25 a.m. Saturday for a welfare concern.

When they arrived, officers found a 3-year-old victim who had been pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

During the investigation, police say they also found an adult dead.

The case is being investigated by the Temple Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

No other details have been released.