No Charges Expected After Uncle ‘Accidentally’ Shoots 2-Year-Old In The Face On Christmas

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A 2-year-old Oregon girl was shot in the face Christmas morning by a family member while he was cleaning a .45 caliber handgun and yet, no charges are expected to be filed.

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The toddler is in stable condition after being shot in the cheek and is expected to survive, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

KATU reports that the child’s 24-year-old uncle was cleaning his gun when it went off. The bullet went out the other side of the girl’s cheek, authorities said.

Watch courtesy of KATU:

Sergeant Don Boone said the shooting appears to be accidental and he expects no charges will be filed.

The child was flown to the hospital in a LifeFlight helicopter just after 11 a.m. where she underwent emergency surgery.

“She’s a very lucky child,” Sgt. Boone said without one bit of irony after a toddler suffered a gunshot wound to her face.

Sgt. Boone added while cleaning a firearm, always unload your gun, and always assume that it’s loaded.



Yeah, that’s sort of a given if you’re a responsible gun owner. It would also be wise to not have a baby in the vicinity while cleaning a gun and especially never aim it at something or someone you don’t want destroyed.  The two-year old was only 6 feet away when the gun went off. The wound was just mere inches from the center of her head.

A baby is shot in the face on Christmas and no charges will be filed. The officer said the little girl is ‘lucky’ but we beg to differ.

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