Mother arrested after 2-year-old son shoots 1-year-old girl

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA (KRON) — Police have arrested a woman in Louisiana after her 2-year-old son accidentally shot her 1-year-old daughter in the face.

The mother, 23-year-old Crystal Kinchen, was arrested Wednesday and faces a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, according to Baton Rouge Police. Online jail records do not list an attorney for her.

Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says the shooting happened Tuesday night while the two children were alone in a car that was parked at a strip mall.

Police say the 2-year-old boy picked up a gun that was left in the vehicle, and it accidentally discharged and struck the 1-year-old girl who is now in critical condition.

The family drove the child to the hospital rather than waiting for an ambulance, Sgt. L’Jean McKneely.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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