MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) — Relatives of a 3-year-old girl who was hospitalized after she was shot in her Miramar home said the child is doing better.
Deirdre Ashe tells CBS 4 the child had surgery and doctors were able to remove a bullet from her abdomen.
The grandparents of the child identified her as Sini Dupont.
According to police on Thursday, the mother told a detective the shooting was accidental.
The child was home with her mother when the shooting took place in the 4300 block of SW 132nd Way in the subdivision of Silver Falls.
The girl was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood.
CBS4 News obtained video from inside the gated community just moments after the shots were heard. The video shows the girl’s father pacing and looking stressed, as well as her mother.
Investigators say the gun that was used belonged to the girl’s father.
“There are others who live at the home, but what we were told was the mother and the child were the only ones at the home, obviously it is premature for us to go into any further detail,” said Tania Rues of the Miramar Police Department.
Police said the mother called 911 around 9:00 p.m. to report the shooting.
After talking to police, she was allowed to go to the hospital to accompany her daughter.
One neighbor, who didn’t want to show his face, said he was walking by when police arrived at the home and that it was pretty intense to watch.
“I was walking and then the police banged on the door yelling, ‘open the door, open the door’ and then the lady opened it screaming and yelling,” said the neighbor.
Alfonso Hankerson who lives next door to where the shooting happened called the shooting sad. “There were 20 different cop cars,” he said.
Both parents were questioned separately by police and no charges have been filed at this point.
“I was devastated, trying to find out what really happened,” said Herbert Raines, the child’s great grandfather.
“We’re hoping it is an accident, but we’re not sure, because nobody is giving us all the facts,” said Lucy Raines, the child’s great grandmother. “I don’t know where she was shot…..Was told stomach… apparently she’s been moved from ICU to a room so that’s good news.”
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