ASHEBORO, N.C. — Randolph County deputies said a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and injured himself when he found a handgun at his home Saturday afternoon.
Deputies said the toddler saw his father’s handgun in his parents’ bedroom and put it in his mouth, where it accidentally went off.
Authorities said it happened around 2 p.m. at a home on Spring Valley Road, just outside the Asheboro city limits.
Deputies said the boy was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem and is listed in serious condition but expected to survive.
Authorities said the bullet missed the vital arteries in the neck and head and also missed the spinal cord. Deputies said it’s a miracle the child is still alive.
Officials said the toddler’s family was home at the time, including his mother, father and three older siblings. They said the child was playing alone in the bedroom at the time of the shooting.
Randolph County deputies said the victim is the son of Jose Palencia and Agelica Rameriez.
Authorities said the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney will decide if the parents should be charged for leaving the handgun out.
Deputies said the case is still under investigation.