4-year-old child accidentally shot by 10-year-old cousin
By Maria Corrales, Multimedia Journalist
HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
A four-year-old girl is accidentally shot by one of her family members while they played in a home in North Houston.
Investigators are currently interviewing family members to find out exactly how the child got a hold of a rifle and fired a shot which wounded the young family member.
According to Harris County Precinct 4 deputies, the call came in around 1 o’clock this afternoon in the 1400 block of Danby Heath, with a report of an accidental shooting.
When officers arrived on scene they discovered a 4-year-old little girl had been shot in the leg, by a 10-year-old cousin who was visiting the home.
The little girl was quickly taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital, with a serious, but not life threatening injury.
Officers confirm the 10-year-old found a rifle in one of the closets and started playing with it, thinking it was a toy. But seconds later, that’s when the gun went off hitting the little girl in one of her legs.
We found out today that the little girls mother was not at the home, because she was at the hospital grieving the death of another child of hers, who died earlier this morning. The death was not related to this case.
"The mother lost her daughter this morning due to sickle cell. We can’t disclose too much information due to the family’s request. But the child is doing fine, she is recovering very well. I talked to her 30 minutes ago. She’s doing very well," says Robert Wilkens, family member of the children.
The Harris County CPS division and Precinct 4 Deputy Constables are investigating whether the parents were at fault, by keeping this loaded gun accessible. No charges have been filed.
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