Texas babysitter accidentally shoots 10-year-old boy while posing with gun for selfies, deputies say

Police: Babysitter accidentally shoots boy while posing with gun for selfies

HOUSTON — A Texas woman accidentally shot a 10-year-old relative she was babysitting as she posed with a gun and snapped selfies, authorities said.

According to CNN, the incident happened Tuesday evening at a Houston apartment. The babysitter, later identified by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez as 19-year-old Caitlyn Smith, found the weapon and began taking photos, deputies said. The gun, which Smith believed wasn’t loaded, discharged and struck the child’s stomach, CNN reported.

Emergency crews rushed the boy to a nearby hospital in serious condition; however, he “is expected to make a full recovery,” Gonzalez tweeted Wednesday night.

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Smith is facing a charge of causing serious bodily injury to a child, Gonzalez tweeted.

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Stock photo of a gun. (Ioannis Tsotras/Ioannis Tsotras / Moment / Getty Images)