3-year-old in Tampa home finds gun, shoots and wounds baby, police say

Paula Marie Concepcion Santos, 25, faces child neglect charges

TAMPA, Fla. – A Florida woman is facing child neglect charges after a 3-year-old found a gun in a home and shot an infant, police said Sunday.

The Tampa Police Department said in a news release the 5-month-old baby was shot in the hip but the injury does not appear life-threatening. Investigators were working to learn exactly how the shooting occurred.

The woman in the house at the time, 25-year-old Paula Marie Concepcion Santos, was charged with child neglect with great bodily harm, police said. Investigators did not immediately describe the woman's relationship to the two children.

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The woman remained behind bars Sunday morning. Jail and court records did not list an attorney to speak for her.

Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor said the shooting is a reminder that anyone caring for children should make sure guns are safely stored.

“Children should not be able to access firearms, and moreover, guns should always be stored in a locked safe with the ammo stored separately,” O’Connor said. “Don’t put the life of a child at risk by being careless.”

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