Pregnant woman shot in the face by her 4 year-old son in US

A pregnant woman was shot in the face by her four-year-old son after the youngster found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress, US authorities have said.

The 27-year-old mother, from Washington state, was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following the incident on Saturday, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

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She was eight months pregnant and was taken to Harborview Medical Centre, the office confirmed.

Officers said the boy’s father had put the gun under a mattress because he was afraid of recent crime in the neighbourhood.

The King County Sherriff’s office also said the shooting was unintentional.

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

It is unclear who the weapon is registered to.

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