Toddler shoots baby after finding loaded pistol

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CANYON COUNTY, Idaho (KTVB) — Idaho’s Canyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accidental shooting of a 10-month-old baby by a three-year-old toddler.

Sheriff Kieran Donahue said the shooting happened around 4:15 p.m Monday.

Authorities say the baby was accidentally shot by the 3-year-old sibling when the children’s mother left them alone in a car with a loaded pistol.

Donahue said the mother buckled her 10 month old into a car seat and went back into her home for a brief moment when the shooting happened.

He says during that time, the toddler found the high caliber pistol near a seat and fired it at the baby, grazing the child’s cheek near the mouth.

“If you are going to have a loaded firearm in the car, you are going to have to have it in a place, where under the circumstances, no one but yourself or an adult or someone that knows about guns can access it,” said Donahue.

The baby is recovering.