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Parents charged after 5-year-old shoots younger sister in the face, NC police say

The parents of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot his 2-year old sister in the face last week have been charged, media outlets report.

On July 4, deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Grimesland, North Carolina, around midnight about the shooting, according to WRAL.

Grimesland is a town the eastern part of the state, about 100 miles from Raleigh.

An investigation found that the boy shot his sister in the face with a Taurus 9 mm handgun that was “left accessible,” WITN reported.

The parents, 34-year-old Shaquita Shaunta Dickens and 37-year-old Ampley Eugene Outlaw were booked at the Pitt County Detention Center on Monday and charged with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor, according to jail records.

The toddler was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, WRAL reported.

Her condition has not yet been released, WCTI reported.

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Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.