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Va. couple charged after 4-year-old shoots self

Monday - 10/7/2013, 8:19pm  ET

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - A Fredericksburg woman and her boyfriend are facing charges after the woman's 4-year-old son shot himself through the hand.

The Free Lance-Star reports ( police were called to Mary Washington Hospital around 2:20 p.m. Sunday after 29-year-old Melissa Pendleton got a neighbor to bring her and her children to the hospital after the incident. Police say nobody called 911.

The child is expected to recover.

Pendleton and her live-in boyfriend, 31-year-old Jemmell Conway, were charged with felony child neglect and a misdemeanor charge of allowing a child to have access to a firearm. Conway also was charged with possessing a firearm as a felon.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe says police were told the boy got ahold of the gun and shot himself. Police are investigating the incident.

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