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Florida Boy Found Gun in Home, Shot Himself

Florida Boy Found Gun in Home, Shot Himself
Posted at 7:23 AM, Jan 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 07:23:00-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Detectives say a 4-year-old Florida boy apparently grabbed a handgun he found under a dresser and accidentally shot himself in the chest.


The boy was taken to a hospital on Tuesday where he underwent surgery. Officials say he's in stable condition.


Tampa police said in a news release that they've arrested the 26-year-old boyfriend of the child's mother for possession of a weapon by a felon and several other charges. Akia Thomas was home with the boy when the shooting occurred. The boy's mother had taken a 1-year-old child to day care and an older child was in school.


Thomas remained in jail Wednesday morning. Records don't list a lawyer for him.

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