Father of 3-year-old shot by another 3-year-old faces child abuse charges

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — The father of a 3-year-old who was accidentally shot by another 3-year-old in Asheboro on Tuesday is facing several charges.

William Monroe Simmons, 27, and his girlfriend, Melisa Ann Mumpower, 26, are facing three counts of misdemeanor child abuse, one count of felony child abuse and one count of failure to properly store a firearm to protect minor.

Deputies responded their home at 4851 Cameron Circle around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday after a reported accidental gunshot wound.

According to officers, Mumpower was inside the home with her child and two children that belong to Simmons.

Mumpower told deputies she was cleaning when she heard a gunshot. When she entered the room where the children were playing, she found the 3-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound.

The bullet struck the child in an arm traveled through the arm and entered the abdominal area.

The child was transported to Brenner Children’s Hospital where surgery was immediately performed. She is recovering from non life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said a .22 caliber rifle was unsecured in the room in which the children were playing.

Randolph County Social Services has taken custody of the other children that live at the home.

Simmons is being held on a $35,500 bond and Mumpower on a $6,300 bond.

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