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Mother shot by 4-year-old in back of the head on Indy's north side

Posted at 10:39 AM, Nov 13, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – A woman was accidentally shot by her 4-year-old daughter Sunday morning on the city’s north side, police said.

Police arrived at 1606 E. 44th Street around 8:30 a.m. and found a 4-year-old and a 25-year-old woman with gunshot wounds. Officers said the child picked up a gun from her parent’s nightstand and accidently fired the weapon one time.

The bullet grazed the 4-year-old girl’s cheek and went into the back of the mother’s head.

The two were transported to a hospital. The child is stable and the mother immediately underwent surgery. Police said she was "conscience and alert" when she left the scene.

During the time of the incident, there were two adults and six children in the home, police said.

The father told police his 2-year-old son was also in the room during the incident but was not hurt.

The investigation is ongoing but police believe the shooting was accidental. Investigators have notified Child Protective Services for a separate investigation and the other children were released to the father.