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Incident at 6826 River Bluff

May 30, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating the accidental shooting/injury to a child at 6826 River Bluff about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2005.

The 9 month old child was struck by a single shotgun blast and sustained injuries to his right upper leg and buttocks area. The child was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

HPD Homicide Division Officer K.P. Carr and Officer A. Mares reported:

The child and his 2-year-old sister and 3-year-old brother were playing in the garage at their home when the incident occurred. The 12 gauge shotgun that had been left standing in a corner of the garage was either knocked or fell over and discharged one time striking the child. The child's grandmother rushed into the garage at the sound of the blast and discovered the bleeding child. She sought assistance from the child's grandfather who was also in the house. The grandfather called for an ambulance.

An investigation with the Department of Child Protective Services was opened. It was learned that CPS had a history of complaints involving the family and the 2 and 3-year-old children were taken out of the home and transported to the CPS facility on Chimney Rock.

Ownership of the weapon involved has not yet been determined and any possible charges are pending the completion of the investigation.

JGA 5-30-05

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.