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Indiana Toddler Accidentally Shoots Herself and Her Mother

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A four-year-old girl in Indiana shot herself in the face and her mother in the head when she accidentally fired the gun on her parents’ bedside table, police said.

Officers from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to the shooting Sunday morning, and said that the daughter is in stable condition and the mother is undergoing surgery, police said in a statement. The father told officers the gun had been on the nightstand next to his bed and that his son was also in the room at the time, a police spokesperson told IndyStar.

“When officers arrived, they came into contact with the father of the 4-year-old who stated that he and his fiancé were asleep when he was awakened by the sound of the gunshot,” police said. “He stated that his daughter shot herself in the face, and it is believed that same bullet struck his fiancé in the back of the head.”

Last year, at least 265 children shot themselves or others unintentionally.

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