Babysitter accused of shooting nephew while taking selfie

28 Février, 2020, 05:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Babysitter Accidentally Shot 10-Year-Old While She Took Selfies with a Gun

A 10-year-old boy in Texas is recovering after he was accidentally shot by his babysitter when she was taking selfies with a gun. She took a 9-millimeter handgun from a compartment in a couch and shot cellphone video for her Instagram account of herself pointing the gun in different directions, finger on the trigger.

According to CNN, Smith had found a gun while she was babysitting the boy, and began taking selfies with it because she thought it was unloaded. Instead, the gun fired, wounding her nephew in the abdomen.

'Very tragic situation, we see this quite a bit, ' he told Fox 26.

When the gun went off, the bullet reportedly struck the boy.

Since the beginning of the year, over 6000 people have died in shootings in the United States, of which 321 deaths were unintentional, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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"Firearms are unsafe weapons so take precautions and make sure things like that don't happen", Harris County Sheriff's Senior Deputy Thomas Gilland said.

Last year, 3,760 people under the age of 18 were injured or killed in shootings.

Smith was booked into Harris County Jail on charges of causing serious bodily injury to a child, public records show.

The boy was hit in the stomach and is in hospital in serious condition but expected to survive.

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