Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a 4-year-old girl shot herself Monday evening after finding a gun in her mothers bedroom at an uptown Charlotte town house.
The girls mother, 36-year-old Marsharier Littlejohn, and the womans boyfriend, 30-year-old Leandre Budden, face charges of failure to store a firearm to protect minors, police said Tuesday.
Police said the handgun was in the couples bedroom.
Detectives had not yet served the warrant on Budden early Tuesday, police said.
The 4-year-old girl was back at home Tuesday morning after being treated at the hospital.
Police said the shooting happened about 6 p.m. in the 400 block of North Davidson Street. Officers were called to Presbyterian Hospital after a caller stated that they have a child in the (emergency room) that has suffered from an apparent gunshot wound, according to a statement from police.
That started a two-pronged police investigation. Officers went to the hospital and conducted interviews there. Meanwhile, detectives went to the childs home to investigate.
Late Monday, investigators canvassed the neighborhood, a mixed-income complex of apartments and townhomes near First Ward Elementary School and just a few blocks from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-336-1600.
Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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