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Minneapolis woman charged after 2-year-old son allegedly shot himself in the arm

Minneapolis woman charged after 2-year-old son allegedly shot himself in the arm Photo: MGN

Updated: October 17, 2019 04:27 PM

A Minneapolis woman has been charged after her 2-year-old son allegedly shot himself in one of his arms.

Christine Lynn Thompson, 35, is charged with two counts of endangerment of a child by firearm access.

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According to a criminal complaint, Minneapolis police responded to North Memorial Hospital on Sept. 17 on a report of a 2-year-old with a gunshot wound.

Thompson, the victim's mother, told officers she was in the front yard with her son when a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows was driving slowly up the block. The complaint states she claimed to have heard two shots and then saw the vehicle drive away quickly. She then heard her son start crying and saw blood coming from his arm. She said she then called her other son, who was at McDonald's, and he brought them to the hospital.

Officers checked the area surrounding their home on Aldrich Avenue N. but didn't find any evidence or casings. Thompson's other son, who drove them to the hospital, told officers his mother called him while he was in the drive-thru at McDonald's saying a car drove by shooting and his brother was bleeding, the complaint states.

The complaint states officers spoke with Thompson again later in the day and she again denied there were any guns in her home. She also said the shots weren't loud and, when asked if the shooter may have fired a BB gun, she said yes, describing her son's wound as a "nick." Officers saw the boy's wound and said it was a serious gouge that didn't appear to be caused by a BB gun, the complaint states.

It also states neighbors told officers they didn't hear any gunshots, although they normally do when inside their home. Given that, the fact that Shot Spotter didn't detect shots, and no casings were found at the scene, officers believed the boy was shot inside the home.

Thompson's other son later told officers the boy was upstairs and shot himself. The complaint states officers executed a search warrant at their home on Sept. 27 and found two pistols, ammunition and an unknown quantity of suspected marijuana. They also found a bullet hole in a bedroom.

If convicted, the two endangerment charges carry a maximum total sentence of six years in prison, up to a $13,000 fine or both.

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