4-yr-old boy Shoots Pregnant Mom in the Face in Washington


Washington: A four-year-old boy in a Washington state apartment found a loaded gun under a mattress and used it to shoot his pregnant mother in the face, authorities said on Sunday.

The 27-year-old woman and her boyfriend were watching television on the bed on Saturday when the kid found the gun between the mattress and box spring, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt Ryan Abbott said.

“He unintentionally shot his mom in the face,” Abbott added.

The woman, who is eight months pregnant, was taken to a nearby hospital. Later, she was shifted to another hospital in improved condition, Abbott said.

The boy’s father told deputies he borrowed the gun for protection, Abbott said, adding, the gun wasn’t reported stolen and is unregistered.

Under new state law, gun owners could face criminal charges for not safely storing a gun, but Abbott noted it doesn’t go into effect until July. The case is under investigation.

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