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Peoria 2-Year-Old Shoots Himself in the Face

A 2-year-old boy in Peoria shot himself in the face last night after finding a gun in his parents' bedroom.

Peoria Police Sergeant Shari Howard says the boy is alive, and in stable but critical condition at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

See also: -Phoenix 4-Year-Old Finds Gun, 3-Year-Old Brother Fires It

Police say the gun had been rolled up in some sheets on the parents' bed. The boy was playing on the bed when he found the gun, and fired a single shot that hit him in the face.

"The bullet struck his cheek and exited his head," Howard says in a statement to the media. "A portion of his skull was removed to alleviate the swelling. Doctors believe it will be another week before they can give an updated prognosis."

Police say the gun belongs to the boy's father, who wasn't home when the boy found the gun.

Peoria PD say the family is cooperating, but that no criminal charges are pending right now.

You can listen to the 911 call below:

A fairly similar incident happened in Phoenix about a month ago. In that instance, police said three kids, ages 3, 4, and 9, were playing in the bedroom when a handgun fell off the bed and onto the floor.

Phoenix police said the 4-year-old picked up the gun, but the 9-year-old knocked it out of her hand. The 3-year-old boy then picked up the gun and fired it, though no one was hit.

The parents in that case were arrested on allegations that they assaulted the children after the gun incident.

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