A 17-month-old girl was in the hospital Thursday after being shot with a handgun by her 3-year-old brother in Cleveland County.
The shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. on Jenny Drive, near Patterson Springs, according to dispatchers.
The injured child was ultimately taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and is expected to survive, law enforcement agents told WSOC-TV.
A child under 6 cannot face criminal charges in North Carolina, but authorities were trying to decide if charges would be brought against either parent for failing to secure a gun, according ot the Shelby Star, which reported that the gun was owned by the children’s father.
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The Shelby Star reported that the children’s father and owner of the gun is Justin Carper, who writes a parenting column for the newspaper.