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The Latest: Pregnant mom shot by son remains hospitalized

February 3, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a 4-year-old shooting pregnant mother in the face (all times local):

12 p.m.

A pregnant Washington state woman remains hospitalized but her condition has improved after her 4-year-old son shot her in the face with a loaded handgun he found under a mattress.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott says the 27-year-old mother was hospitalized Saturday with life-threatening injuries. He says her condition improved Sunday and she was transferred to another hospital.

Abbott says the woman and her boyfriend, who is the father of her son, were in bed watching television when the boy found the unsecured gun between the mattress and box spring.

Abbott says the boy unintentionally shot her his mother in the face. She’s eight months pregnant.

The woman’s boyfriend told deputies he borrowed the gun for protection.

The shooting is under investigation.

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9:45 a.m.

Authorities say a pregnant Washington state woman was shot in the face Saturday by her 4-year-old son after the boy found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says the 27-year-old mother is eight months pregnant and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Deputies say the boy’s father put the gun under a mattress because he was afraid of recent crime in the neighborhood.

Under a new state law, gun owners could face criminal charges for not safely storing a gun.

It’s unclear who the gun is registered to.

KOMO-TV reports detectives will be looking into the case Monday to see if any charges will be filed.

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