By Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

COLTON, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say an Oregon 2-year-old is in the hospital after being shot accidentally by a family member who was cleaning a gun on Christmas morning.

KOIN-TV reports the girl was flown by helicopter from Colton to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

The Clackamas County sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting, which they believe was an accident that happened when the child’s 24-year-old uncle was cleaning his gun.

Sgt. Don Boone told KATU-TV he doesn’t expect any charges to be filed.

The toddler is in stable condition and expected to survive.

Boone called the girl a very lucky child and reminded gun owners that one of the cardinal rules of gun cleaning is to unload your weapon first.

Colton is about 27 miles south of Portland.


Information from: KATU-TV,

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