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Mother arrested after 2-year-old son shoots 1-year-old girl

Posted at 4:16 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 16:16:28-05

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Police have arrested a woman in Louisiana after her 1-year-old daughter was accidentally shot in the face by her 2-year-old son.

Baton Rouge Police say 23-year-old Crystal Kinchen was arrested Wednesday and faces a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile. Online jail records do not list an attorney for her.

Sgt. L'Jean McKneely says the shooting happened Tuesday night while Kinchen and the two children were in a car that was parked at a strip mall.

Police say the 2-year-old boy picked up a gun that was left in the vehicle, and it accidentally discharged and struck the 1-year-old girl.

McKneely says the family drove the child to the hospital rather than waiting for an ambulance.

The 1-year-old is in critical condition.

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This story has been corrected to show mother was in the car when shooting occurred.