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UPDATE: 2 year-old girl shoots herself

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UPDATE: A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized Thursday after accidentally shooting herself.

It happened at a home in Chatsworth Thursday morning. Officials say the child got a hold of a .25 caliber pistol, and shot herself in the abdomen.

The toddler underwent surgery and has been transported to Children's Hospital in Chattanooga.  

She is expected to recover from her injury. 

"The father was very upset, very distraught, said his daughter had been shot," states Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford about Thursday morning's accidental shooting at a Chatsworth residence.

Langford says the child's father called 911 around 10:35 after she somehow got his 25 caliber pistol.

Sheriff Langford, "They tried to get helicopters to come in and Life Flight the child to Erlanger and of course with this weather with the rain and fog, a helicopter couldn't come so the second choice was to load her up and take her to Hamilton Medical Center."

As the GBI processes the scene, the child underwent emergency surgery to remove a single bullet to her midsection.

Sheriff Langford, "The good thing is it looks like it missed all the vital organs, didn't strike the aorta, the spine nothing major so it looks as if she's going to be good."

Langford says the child is the youngest gunshot victim he's encountered in more than 40-years of law enforcement.

He says this episode only underscores the need of gun owners to properly secure their weapons around children

Sheriff Langford, "They need to put guns up, keep them from your children, keep them away, either keep 'em locked or put up."

As of now Sheriff Langford says the case is being considered an accidental shooting, and that charges are unlikely against the father.

Again, the child is expected to live and barring the unforeseen, should make a full recovery.


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The father called 911 and accidentally gave dispatchers his old address at the southern end of Murray County. Paramedics were able to find the correct location after the child's mother helped dispatchers with the proper address.

Once authorities arrived on the scene at the home, they found the child alert and breathing.

The weather precluded the use of a medical helicopter, forcing the girl to be transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment.

The gun was a .25 caliber pistol. The round struck the child, but may not have exited her body. She is said to be headed to surgery shortly.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation. The shooting may be ruled as accidental, but a complete investigation will be completed first.

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