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3-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots His Mother In The Leg While She Sleeps

| by Lisa Fogarty

A 3-year-old from Florida reportedly accidentally shot his mother in the leg while she slept at their home Monday morning.

Police were called to the residence at 3:45 a.m. and say they aren’t sure how the toddler got his hands on the small caliber semi-automatic weapon or who it belongs to, reports the New York Daily News. As many as seven people were reportedly in the house at the time of the incident and an adult could be charged in connection with the accident if it is discovered the gun wasn’t propery locked up.

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The child reportedly shot one round from the gun and hit his mother in the leg while she slept, reports the Sun Sentinel. She was transported to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she is being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The Florida Department of Children & Families is reportedly involved in the ongoing investigation.

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This incident comes just a few days after a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his pregnant mother and father in New Mexico with a loaded handgun that he found in his mother's purse.

Sources: New York Daily News, Sun Sentinel

Photo Credit: Kate Ter Haar/Flickr, CBS 4