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Toddler Accidentally Shoots Infant In Face With Gun, Sheriff Says

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By Paul Johnson

Middleton, Idaho (KBOI-TV) - Deputies in Canyon County say a toddler accidentally shot an infant in the face with a loaded handgun Monday afternoon.

The sheriff's office says the infant has been taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Boise with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Deputies were called to the 25000 block of Middleton Road for a report of an accidental shooting.

Investigators say the 10-month-old and 3-year-old were in a vehicle at the family's home and were temporarily left unattended. Police say the toddler found a loaded handgun in the vehicle and unintentionally fired the weapon.

The single round hit the 10-month-old in the cheek. The infant's mother, deputies say, heard the shot, rushed to the car and called 911.

"This was a terrifying event that could have been even more tragic - a 10-month-old or 3-year-old could have lost their lives yesterday," said Canyon County sheriff Kieran Donahue. "Unintentional shootings like this one are preventable. "It is critical that gun owners be responsible with the storage of their weapons and lock firearms in a safe place away from children."

No charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing.


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