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3-year-old NC child shoots 3-year-old girl with rifle, police say

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Simmons (left) and Mumpower (right). Mug shots from WFMY. Home image from CBS Newspath. Simmons (left) and Mumpower (right). Mug shots from WFMY. Home image from CBS Newspath.
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ASHEBORO, NC -

A 3-year-old girl is in the hospital after she was shot Tuesday afternoon and 2 adults were charged on Wednesday.

According to the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, the girl was shot by another 3-year-old in an Asheboro home on Cameron Circle.

Deputies said a woman at the home was cleaning when she heard a gunshot come from the room where three children were playing. Investigators say an unsecured 22 cal rifle was in the room.

The girl was shot in the arm, and the bullet continued into her abdominal area.

Deputies say the woman watching the kids was the mother of one of the children. They say her boyfriend was the parent of the other two, including the 3-year-old girl who was shot, WFMY-TV reported.

The sheriff's office said when the girl was taken to the hospital, she was alert. At last check, Wednesday she was still being treated.

Prosecutors charged William Monroe Simmons and Melisa Ann Mumpower each with Failing to Store Firearm to Protect Minor, Felony Child Abuse and three counts of Misdemeanor Child Abuse.

Deputies say the child abuse charges stemmed from the children's living conditions. 

Officers arrested Simmons and Mumpwer at the hospital. They are each in jail. A magistrate set Simmons' bond at $35,500; Mompower's at $6,300.

Randolph County DSS has opened their own investigation while sheriff's deputies continue to investigate.

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