NORTH OGDEN — A 3-year-old boy was taken to the hospital Friday after he was hit in the head by the kickback of a handgun he fired, police said.

About 11 a.m., the boy found the handgun on top of a dresser and fired it, hitting a wall, said North Ogden police officer Paul Rhoades. After he fired the shot, the gun kicked back and struck him in the forehead, injuring the boy, police said.

Rhoades said the boy was "conscious and alert" when officers arrived at the apartment at 2090 N. 400 East. The boy was taken to Ogden Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The boy's mother, who keeps the gun for protection, was in another room, but there were other children in the room when the 3-year-old accidentally fired the gun, police said. No one else was injured.

"This is probably the best possible situation for a bad scenario," Rhoades said. "The boy's injuries are minor, and the other children and the mother are all fine."

Police are still investigating the case and will forward their findings to the Weber County Attorney's Office to determine if charges are necessary.

— Emiley Morgan