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Texas 14-Year-Old Shot, Mother Checks WebMD Instead of Going to Hospital

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Texas mother, who turned to WebMD.com rather than seeking medical attention when her teen son was shot, could be facing charges, Santa Fe police said.

The shooting, which occurred Tuesday night, was caught on the home’s security surveillance video system. Investigators saw Pete Jesse Rodriguez, 24, who also lives in the home, point a gun directly at the 14-year-old. Eventually, Rodriguez shot the boy in the upper left thigh with a high-caliber bullet, police said.

In the video, the teen lay on the floor for several minutes.

He and his mother looked up “gunshot wounds” on WebMD.

Seven hours went by before she took the boy to Mainland Medical Center in Texas City.

The mother is facing a possible felony charge for injury to a child by omission.

Transported to Hermann Hospital in Houston, the boy was in stable condition Wednesday.

Rodriguez allegedly tracked the teenager’s movement with the pistol. He is charged with one count of injury to a child with intent to commit serious bodily injury and is being held on $151,500 bond.

Sources: Newser, KHOU