Randolph Co. man charged after son shoots self in face

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Jose Luis Palencia, 28, of Randolph County

ASHEBORO, N.C. — Randolph County deputies have arrested a man after his 2-year-old son accidentally shot himself in the face but survived.

Jose Luis Palencia, 28, was charged after authorities said he turned himself into the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Randolph County deputies said the toddler accidentally shot and injured himself when he found a handgun on May 18.

Deputies said the child 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.

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.

Deputies said the boy continues to recover after being taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. They said he was originally listed in serious condition.

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.

Palencia was charged with a class 1 misdemeanor of violating a North Carolina statute to store firearms in a manner to protect children.

Deputies said the suspect received a $5,000 unsecured bond and has court planned for Monday.

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