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5-year-old girl shot in the head by brother who thought he found a toy gun

A 5-year-old old girl is hospitalized after her 4-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the head, reportedly not realizing that he had found a real gun.

WXYZ reports that Karina Norwood of Rexford Township, Michigan, was shot by her 4-year-old brother who found a gun in the home that his mother mistakenly believed was out of reach. The mother told the news station that she believes her son thought the gun was a toy.

After the shooting Sunday night, Karina was taken to a children’s hospital where she is being treated for a brain bleed, but is reportedly in stable condition.

“Preliminary investigation indicates the child was sleeping and that the 4-year-old may have been standing over the child,” Capt. Al DiPrima with the Redford Township Police Department told the news outlet.

“A millimeter, an inch in a different direction and this could be a whole different scenario here.”

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According to the report, a 3-year-old and 1-year-old child were at the home at the time of the shooting, but were unharmed. Prosecutors have not yet filed any charges against the parents.

“I’m hurting down inside because of what happened to my baby,” Karina’s mother told WXYZ.

“I just advise all you parents to put up all guns and keep them away from your kids,” she said.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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