Three-year-old girl accidentally shoots herself as relative celebrates football touchdown
A girl named Serenity (right) shot herself accidentally as a relative watched a football touchdown on his laptop (Pictures: WSVN/Facebook)
A three-year-old girl shot herself while getting her hands on a gun that was unattended at home as a relative celebrated a football touchdown.
Surveillance footage shows a man in a Florida home holding a laptop and walking around the living room, as the girl, Serenity, runs alongside him, then jumps on a couch and picks up a gun sitting there.
‘Touchdown!’ exclaims the man, watching the play on his laptop. ‘Stop f***ing playing. Let’s go!’
Suddenly, a gunshot rings out.
‘What the f***?’ says the man. ‘What the f*** just happened? What the f*** just happened?’
He is seen grasping Serenity, who is crying. It is unclear if he is trying to take the gun away or where the weapon ended up.
Other children and dogs are seen gathering around the chaotic scene at the home on the 11000 block of Southwest 220th Terrace in southwest Miami-Dade County on Saturday.
‘I just told you!’ someone is heard saying, as expletives are bleeped out of the video.
Serenity was rushed to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and underwent surgery on her hand. She was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday and is recovering at home, according to her grandmother Robin Fuller who shared the CCTV on Facebook.
‘Video of when my granddaughter shot herself at her OTHER GRANDMA HOUSE,’ wrote Fuller as the caption.
The relative, Orlando Young, 23, was arrested in the shooting in connection with the unattended firearm. He has been charged with child neglect resulting in great bodily harm. Young bailed out of jail on Tuesday night.
Fuller told WSVN that Serenity’s other grandmother was supposed to watch her, but that only the girl, Young and a disabled adult on the couch were seen in the video.
‘I don’t want them over there ever again,’ said Fuller.
A video showed Serenity on a hospital bed with a bandage on her arm, smiling.
The Department of Children and Families told the TV station that it ‘conducts investigations concerning all allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment’.
Orlando Young was charged with child neglect resulting in great bodily harm (Picture: CBS News Miami)