A 2-year-old toddler was playing in his parents' bedroom when he picked up a gun, stuck it in his mouth, and pulled the trigger. It happened Sunday in Asheboro, North Carolina. The boy was at home with both his parents and three older siblings when he shot himself in the face. The dad rushed his son to the emergency room where, miraculously, they received astonishingly good news.
Despite the extremely close-range shot, the toddler is expected to recover -- the bullet missed all major arteries and his spinal cord. Doctors assure the young child is "extremely lucky."
Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a string of children and accidental shootings. Last month, a 4-year-old boy was accused of killing a sheriff deputy's wife with a gun; just a few weeks ago, a 5-year-old was accused of fatally shooting his 2-year-old sister with a "My First Rifle"; and earlier in May, a 35-year-old grandmother was arrested after her 3-year-old grandson got a hold of her gun and shot and killed himself.
Authorities say this Asheboro case is still under investigation and it's yet to be determined if the parents will be charged. It seems too early to lean one way or another, but there is something that's certain. Even though the parents of the little boy weren't looking out for him, the universe certainly was.
How a toddler can shoot himself in the mouth and survive is truly amazing. He's in serious condition, but they're optimistic he'll pull through.
Hopefully that gun is now locked up and safely out of reach of the four children who live in that home. Something tells me if that gun were to go off again, the luck in that house will have run out.
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