Girl, 2, hospitalized with stun-gun injury

03/12/2014 5:20 PM

03/12/2014 5:20 PM

A 2-year-old girl was hospitalized Tuesday when she was shot in the head with a stun gun by her older sister, Wichita police said.

The incident was reported at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of West Palisade, Lt. Dan East said. That’s in a housing development north of I-235, between Hoover and West streets in northwest Wichita.

A 4-year-old girl pointed the electronic stun gun at her younger sister and pulled the trigger, deploying probes. One of the probes lodged in the toddler’s forehead.

She was taken to Wesley Medical Center West with the probe still stuck to her forehead, East said, then transferred to Wesley Medical Center on Hillside. She was in fair condition on Wednesday morning, he said.

Though both probes must connect with the target for a full, incapacitating shock to be administered, Capt. Doug Nolte said, a lesser jolt can be delivered if just one probe attaches.

On Wednesday, the family told local broadcast media that the toddler shot herself with the stun gun, but Sgt. Jess Boomer, who was involved in working the case, said police are standing by the original version of events.

“We were told” by the family “that the 4-year-old shot the 2-year-old,” Boomer said.

The older sibling cannot face criminal charges in any event because she is too young for prosecution under state law, he said. Boomer said he would not disclose where in the house the incident occurred.

The case has been classified as a home accident, East said. In all his years in law enforcement, he said, he can’t remember another case like this one.

No permits are required for residents to have stun guns, he said. Police encourage residents to keep weapons stored safely and out of the reach of children.

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