JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Action News Jax Investigates has uncovered new details about a child who was shot at a home on Alexandra Drive in North Jacksonville.
According to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office incident report, the child was shot in the head.
But that's not the story the child told paramedics.
Sources told us the 9-year-old’s brother told first responders that the injured child had slipped through his arms, fallen and hit his head on a football helmet.
After medical staff at UF Health took a closer look at the boy's head, they found a bullet fragment.
Our sources said the shooting happened 10 minutes after the parents left to run an errand.
Our Action News Jax sources told us there were two kids involved in the incident.
They were both at home with another family member when the 9-year-old got hurt.
At last check, the hospital told Action News Jax investigator Courtney Cole that the 9-year-old is in critical condition.
The mother told JSO there were no guns inside the home.
Cole knocked on the door of the Alexandra Drive home to see if anyone could tell her what had happened, but no one answered.
Cole spoke to neighbors who live nearby. They told her the home is a foster home.
The Florida Department of Children and Families said it can’t confirm that due to privacy laws.
Cole also asked the agency how many kids are living in the home and what the weapons policy is for foster parents.
She’s still waiting to hear back.
As of now, JSO has not said whether anyone is facing charges.
Cole talked to Dale Carson, our Action News Jax law and safety expert, to learn the legal consequences the parents could face.
Carson said that if the parents knew about the weapon and failed to secure it, they could face misdemeanor charges.
"If there's a serious injury to the child, that homeowner, that foster parent can be charged with a felony charge,” Carson said.
According to the The Florida Department of Children and Families, in order to qualify as a potential foster parent candidates must participate in a home study and a home inspection and pass a child abuse and criminal background check.
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