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    Mother accused in ricochet shooting of her 5-year-old son, police say

    HOUSTON – A north Houston mother is behind bars after Houston police say she fired a gun at a neighborhood dog and the bullet from her gun ricocheted and hit her 5-year-old son in the abdomen.

    The child is now in stable condition at an area hospital, police said.

    A news release from Houston police said Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, is charged with deadly conduct-discharge of a firearm.

    The shooting happened in the 700 block of Dunham Road at about 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

    HPD investigators said they learned the child’s mother fired a small-caliber pistol three times at a dog running loose across the street. One of the bullets ricocheted and struck the boy.

    Vargas was arrested and charged, with police citing that she had fired across a public roadway and in the direction of two occupied houses. Police said the owner of the dog was issued a citation for the dog running loose.

    On Tuesday, the dog‘s owner who didn’t want to be identified, said the 6-month-old Boxer pup suffered graze wounds to his legs but is already back on his paws running around.

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