The father of a 2-year-old boy who died in early May from a single gunshot wound to the upper body has been indicted by a Hardin County grand jury on a charge of reckless homicide.

Mark Carroll, 33, of Elizabethtown, could face up to five years in prison, if convicted. Reckless homicide is a Class D felony. The case was presented to a grand jury last week by Common­wealth’s Attorney Shane Young.

The Elizabethtown Police De­part­ment investigated the May 3 shooting death of Chevy Carroll at a residence in the Woodland Mobile Home Park in Elizabethtown for several weeks before presenting the case to Young.

According to police spokesman Chris Denham, Chevy Carroll “was shot as a result of an accidental discharge from a firearm. The case was presented to the Hardin County grand jury as any other case of that nature would have been.”

He would not disclose any circumstances that led to the child being shot.

Chevy died at Hardin Memorial Hospitalin Elizabethtown the same day he was shot inside the fam­ily’s residence. Denham previously said the child and his two brothers, one older and one younger, were in the home when the shooting took place, as were the child’s parents.

Detective Josh Burris investigated the case.

Mark Carroll is summoned to appear Aug. 18 in Hardin Circuit Court. As part of his bond conditions, he will face a $5,000 unsecured bond and he is not allowed to be in possession of any firearms.

Chevy, who was described by his uncle, Anthony Pearsall, as “a happy baby” would have turned 3-years-old Aug. 15.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or

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