Update: Officials say child shot in leg released from hospital

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

STAUNTON -- A Clay County girl who was accidentally shot Monday afternoon is back home.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed The Brazil Times Tuesday morning the girl was released from Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, late Monday.

"It was my understanding that as of Monday evening, she was fine," Heaton said.

The girl, 9, was airlifted from St. Vincent Clay Hospital following the incident.

At approximately 11:53 a.m., officials were dispatched to a residence south of Staunton in reference to a shooting.

When responders arrived, they discovered a girl had been shot in the leg.

"It was nothing criminal," Heaton said. "There was no malice."

Heaton said the girl was accidentally shot in the upper leg by her brother, 8.

Heaton added the two were 3-4 feet apart when the shooting took place.

According to officials, the boy said his father had acquired a new revolver and the boy believed it to be unloaded.

The boy also told officials he believed the weapon had rubber bullets in it.

Officials told The Times the boy said he pulled the trigger, discharging the weapon and shooting the girl in the leg.

"It was a newly acquired gun," Heaton said. "The young man was looking at it and didn't think it was loaded. Then, the gun went off."

According to officials, the gun was a small caliber revolver.

Heaton said the incident took place inside the residence. While the parents of the children were not at home when the shooting took place -- as both were working at the time -- an older sibling was watching the two juveniles.

The girl was taken via TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital.

Additional responders to the incident included the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and Staunton Town Marshal.

Heaton said no criminal charges would be filed regarding the case.

He added the Clay County Sheriff's Department has locks available for safes or other mechanisms to keep guns out of reach of children.

"Keep them locked up," he said. "We have locks at the office that we hand out for free, but we have a limited supply.

"Take precautions when you have guns in the house and even educate your children to the fact of what they do and they are not a toy."

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  • So good to hear that this little girl is going to be okay! God bless!

    -- Posted by alittleopinion on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 8:45 PM
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