A 2-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday, the day after she reportedly shot herself at a south Sacramento County residence.
Officials Tuesday also said they had not been able to locate the firearm involved in the child’s shooting. Detectives are trying to determine how the toddler gained access to the gun and who owned it, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull.
The department received a 911 call about 1:50 p.m. Monday from a residence in the 7600 block of Countryfield Drive reporting that the girl had shot herself, Turnbull said. Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department personnel took the girl to a hospital. The girl suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Three women were at the home when sheriff’s deputies arrived, one of whom was believed to be the child’s mother, Turnbull said.
Homicide detectives and other sheriff’s officials were seen gathered near the house where the shooting occurred. Turnbull said detectives were processing the scene and interviewing witnesses.
Accidental shootings involving toddlers have happened before in California, but they are rare. Seven children age 4 and under were accidentally killed with a firearm in California between 2004 and 2013, according to the state Department of Public Health. By comparison, almost 600 children in that age group died in accidental drownings during the same period.
Detectives ask anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357. Tip information also may be left anonymously via the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.sacsheriff.com, by texting 274637 and entering the keyword “SSD”, or by calling 916-874-8477.
Sacramento Bee Staff Writer Phillip Reese contributed to this report.