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Posted: March 06, 2018

3-year-old shoots himself with loaded gun left in car, mother arrested


By Lauren Foreman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A 3-year-old Georgia boy shot himself when he was left alone in a vehicle with access to a loaded gun, authorities in Bartow County said.

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Four other children were in the car when the boy shot himself about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to Cartersville police Lt. Michael Bettikofer. However, no one else was injured.

The boy was taken to a medical facility with a gunshot wound to the hand, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Bettikofer said.

The child’s mother, Vesherica Gainor, was arrested on an unrelated possession charge for less than an ounce of marijuana, police said.

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The investigation is ongoing at this time,” Bettikofer said.

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