Pontiac boy, 3, accidentally shot by gun in home

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Pontiac — A 3-year-old Pontiac boy is recovering after being accidentally shot by his father’s stolen handgun.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred around 7:10 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Featherstone. Arriving deputies were told by the victim’s mother that she and four of her children were sitting on a bed when the boy’s legs became stuck between the mattress and the wall.

The woman said the boy began moving around and reaching for his legs when she heard a boom. She picked up the boy and discovered he had been shot in the leg. Deputies discovered a handgun that had been placed under the mattress by the child’s father.

The boy was rushed to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital where he was operated on for a through-and-through wound to his upper right thigh. The bullet also grazed his left wrist.

Deputies determined the gun had been reported stolen out of Roseville. The 27-year-old father was taken into custody on a weapons violation and charges are pending.

The child is expected to make a full recovery.


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