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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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