Gardner said Jason Fowler, 28, died after the toddler found a gun in the house and shot him in the back, WMAZ reported.
"The victim was sitting down, was shot in the back," Reece told The Telegraph of Macon. "He calls someone and tells them he'd been shot. When deputies arrived, he'd passed away."
Fowler was pronounced dead at the scene about 9:40 p.m. Thursday.
Gardner said the family has been notified.