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UPDATE: 3-year-old who shoots herself is the child of a Dodge County deputy

UPDATE 6:56 p.m.; Sheriff Lynn Sheffield has confirmed that the toddler is the child of Dodge County deputy Dorian Johnson and the loaded gun, was Johnson's personal firearm.

UPDATE:5:45 p.m.; The Dodge County sheriff says he won't charge a mother who left a loaded gun on a bed just before her 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot herself.

Sheriff Lynn Sheffield says it happened Monday afternoon at 160 Oak Grove Church Road in Rhine.

He says the mother, Lakeasha Smith, told investigators that she was moving a television to a chest of drawers in the bedroom. Smith said she moved the 9-mm handgun from the chest of drawers and placed in on the bed.

That's when the child came into the bedroom, picked up the gun, and accidentally shot herself in the leg.

Sheffield says no charges will be filed since the case appears to be an accident.


A 3-year-old Dodge County child is in a Macon hospital after accidentally shooting herself.

Sheriff Lynn Sheffield said it happened Monday, but he would not disclose the location or name the girl.

He says the 3-year old girl and her mother were at home when the mother left the child in one room and went to the bedroom to do something.

The mother took the weapon off of the chest of drawers and laid it on the bed.

Unknown to the mother, Sheffield said, the child came into the bedroom and climbed on the bed. The child picked up the weapon and shot herself in the leg.

He says the bullet hit the bone of her leg, and she was taken by Lifeflight to the Medical Center Navicent Health, where she will undergo surgery.

Sheffield says the case was still under investigation, and he would not say whether any adults may face charges in the case.

The Centers for Disease Control says about 250 children under 10 are killed or wounded each year in firearm accidents. That's about five a week.



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