The 3-year-old boy pulled the handgun out of his mother’s purse and managed to shoot both his parents on Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, the injuries inflicted by the toddler have been non-life-threatening, but the parents could both face negligence charges.
It was revealed that the boy was actually searching for an iPad in his mother’s purse, when he found the 9mm gun that the woman had recently purchased for her own safety. Simon Drobik, from the Albuquerque Police, revealed that the gun discharged and scored a double hit and first hit his father in the buttocks, it came out (doing a through and through) hitting the child’s mother in the shoulder.
The mother and father were treated at a nearby hospital for their wounds, but the woman was kept for observation, because she is seven months pregnant.
Officer Drobik believes that the parents are culpable, as they should have secured the handgun. On the other hand, it was revealed that the father should not have been anywhere near a gun, as he has a felony record.
By law, convicted felons are prohibited from owning or even living in a place that allows access to guns. The mother of the Albuquerque toddler said that she had purchased the gun just the day before the accident took place.
Following the incident, the toddler was placed with child protective services and he’s going to remain there for at least 48 hours. Also, the parents could face felony negligence charges if found guilty, but the toddler will not.
The couple, who also have a 2 year-old daughter, were living with the children’s grandmother and two pit bulls at an America’s Best Value Inn. The dogs were placed with animal control after the shooting took place.
This news comes just a few weeks after another 2 year-old boy pulled a handgun from his mother’s purse and shot her dead in the head in a Walmart in Idaho. She had a concealed weapons permit and the gun was held in a zippered compartment inside her purse.
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