Tod­dler shoots 2 play­mates

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Two tod­dlers were sent to hos­pi­tal in se­ri­ous con­di­tion af­ter a play­mate ac­ci­den­tally shot them with a loaded gun at a day care in the US state of Michi­gan.

The con­di­tion of both three-yearolds were up­graded from crit­i­cal a day ear­lier, po­lice said Thurs­day, as they wrapped up their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and planned to meet with pros­e­cu­tors to con­sider charges.

The ac­ci­den­tal shoot­ing took place Wed­nes­day at a pri­vate home that func­tioned as a day care in the De­troit sub­urb of Dear­born, when a child, also de­scribed as a tod­dler, man­aged to get a hold of a loaded hand­gun.

One tod­dler was shot in the shoul­der and was ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery, po­lice said, while an­other was in se­ri­ous but stable con­di­tion. Po­lice did not de­tail the sec­ond child’s in­juries.

As many as 1.7 mil­lion Amer­i­can chil­dren live in homes with an un­locked, loaded gun, ac­cord­ing to the Brady Cam­paign to Pre­vent Gun vi­o­lence, and the in­ci­dent was the lat­est case of chil­dren be­ing in­jured by un­se­cured firearms.

Nearly 1,300 chil­dren die and 5,790 are treated for gun­shot wounds each year in the United States, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study pub­lished in the med­i­cal jour­nal Pe­di­atrics.

Michi­gan state law does not pro­hibit guns at home child care fa­cil­i­ties, but re­quires them to be un­loaded and stored in a locked lo­ca­tion away from chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the state’s De­part­ment of Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs.

The Dear­born child care was run by Saman­tha Eubanks, her­self a mother of six who reg­u­larly took care of other chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to neigh­bors and fam­ily mem­bers.

Eubanks was un­li­censed, but au­thor­i­ties said it was still un­clear whether her child care ser­vice met the cri­te­ria re­quir­ing li­cens­ing.

US me­dia re­ported that po­lice re­cov­ered mul­ti­ple firearms from in­side the home, but a woman iden­ti­fied as Eubanks’ sis­ter said she did not per­mit her hus­band Tim to keep weapons in their home.

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