Toddler hospitalized after shooting himself in the foot

HOUSTON - A 3-year-old boy found a gun in a nightstand and accidentally shot himself.

Investigators from the Harris County Sheriff's Office were called to a home in the 9500 block of Fawn Park Court at around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday to a report of an accidental shooting.

According to deputies, the boy found a semi-automatic handgun and shot himself in the foot. The boy was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, but is expected to survive.

Sheriff's deputies have not identified the father because he has not yet been charged.

A spokesperson for Child Protective Services confirmed the agency is also conducting an investigation into the incident. Gwen Carter with CPS told Local 2 the boy's sibling is staying with another family member while the investigation gets underway.

Carter says now that summer is here and kids are spending more time at home, the agency is once again reminding parents to use extreme caution in order to keep firearms away from children.

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