- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

BRIDGEWATER, Vt. (AP) - Police say a central Vermont man has been charged after he accidentally shot himself while babysitting a pair of children.

Vermont State Police are investigating after the 26-year-old babysitter discharged the weapon Saturday night near the children - ages 1 and 2 - in Bridgewater, located 17 miles east of Rutland.

Troopers responded to a residence on U.S. Route 4 after a report of a firearm discharge with injury.

An investigation revealed that the shooting was accidental and the round hit him in one of his hands, ricocheted off the floor, and flew outside through a sliding door.

The children were upstairs sleeping and were not injured.

The man was charged with reckless endangerment and is due in Windsor County Superior Court on Dec. 22.

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