Parents charged after 4-year-old shoots self

Parents charged after 4-year-old shoots self

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 4:29 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 4-year-old girl is recovering after she accidentally shot herself with a gun. The incident occurred Monday night in a First Ward Apartment Complex.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say she found a gun in her mother's bedroom.

Both Marsharier Littlejohn and Leandre Budden, the mother’s boyfriend, have been charged with failure to store firearm to protect minors.

"Definitely could have been a lot worse, I'm happy that she's okay," said neighbor Sheika Ross.

Gun experts say there is no reason to have an unsecured firearm around children.

"Securing a firearm is so easy that there just no reason someone should have an accident," said gun store owner Larry Hyatt.

He showed us any number of ways to child proof a gun, everything from free locks that are given away by law enforcement agencies, to gun safes, to storing guns and ammo in different locations.

"If you've got children in the house you've got to secure that gun a lot of people want that gun ready in case you have a home invasion, but the child has to come first, you've got to make sure that gun is secure," Hyatt said.

Ross also has small children and she's not willing to take a chance.

"I don't want anybody to get hurt-- especially a 4-year-old child, that's just another reason why for me personally I'm not for having guns in the house," Ross expressed.

The 4-year-old is recovering at Presbyterian Hospital.

 

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