Published: Nov 26, 2013 5:45 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Polk County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 2-year-old Lakeland child.
    
Officials say the incident happened Monday night. The boy, whose name was Taj H. Ayesh, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center by his parents.
    
The Lakeland Ledger (http://bit.ly/IgVisW) reports that the mother said Tai followed her outside to the family's truck to retrieve something from the vehicle.
    
The mother told detectives she moved aside a loaded handgun that was in the truck as she searched for the item. She said at one point as she was facing away from the truck, she heard a gunshot and saw the boy fall to the ground.
    
Detectives say Tai was rushed into surgery, but he didn't survive.
    
An autopsy will be performed.
    
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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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