Four-year-old girl accidentally shoots self and her sleeping mom

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  • A four-year-old girl took a gun from a drawer and accidentally pulled the trigger; hitting her cheek and the head of her sleeping mother
  • The shooting victim was taken to hospital and reported to be in stable condition after treatment
  • A surgery done on her mother was also reported successful and now recovering at a hospital

Who’s at fault?

A four-year-old girl from Indianapolis found a gun from a nightstand drawer inside their house and apparently played with it; accidentally pulling the trigger which sent a bullet hitting her cheek and then grazing the head of her mother who was sleeping nearby.

The incident took place in the 1600 block of East 44th Street on the north side of the city.

The toddler’s father told police he and his fiancee were asleep when he was awakened by the sound of a gunshot.

The bullet missed and left unharmed a two-year-old son of the couple who was also in the bedroom at the time. Also escaping injury were  other children inside the home.

The shooting victim was taken to Riley Hospital at Indiana University Health, where she was treated of her wound in the cheek. She was reported to be in stable condition the following morning.

A surgery Sunday afternoon on her mother was also reported successful and she’s now recovering at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Rescuers described her as being alert and conscious as she was being taken away from the scene of the shooting.

Police recovered a handgun in the family’s home and were looking into the circumstances that led to the shooting.

They said the father may face a charge of reckless imprudence for leaving an unsecured gun within reach of a half-dozen children, as per a Daily Mail story.