Crime & Courts

Charlotte mom charged after daughter shoots herself in hand

A Charlotte woman was arrested Saturday after her 7-year-old daughter shot herself with a gun in the family’s southwest Charlotte residence, police said.

The girl was shot in the hand, and her injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Investigators said Heather Nicole Davenport, 27, faces a charge of failure to properly secure a weapon.

According to police, officers were called about 1:15 p.m. Saturday by Carolinas Medical Center staff members, who said they were treating a girl with a gunshot wound.

Investigators said Davenport told them she had fallen asleep, and her daughters – ages 7 and 5 – found a loaded firearm inside their home on Bank Street, off South Tryon Street.

While the 7-year-old was handling the gun, police said, the firearm discharged. Davenport said she drove her daughter to CMC for treatment.

Police said they notified the Department of Social Services and Child Protective Services.