GRANDVIEW, Mo. — A 43-year old woman has been charged on Tuesday after her 5-year-old granddaughter was shot in the leg.
Taprill R. Barnett faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree.
According to a police report, the child’s mother brought her to Barnett’s home on Monday. Barnett said that she was cleaning her gun, but slid the weapon under the couch when the victim and her brother entered the room. She believed she had slid the gun far enough back that the child could not get it.
However, when she left the room, she heard a “pop” and came back to the room to find the child shot in the leg.
The victim was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her left thigh, as well as burn marks encircling the wound.
“We are fortunate today that another child was not killed due to the irresponsibility of an adult. As gun-owners, we have the simple responsibility to ensure that these deadly-weapons are safely stored.” Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said, according to a news release. “This isn’t hard, but it is absolutely life and death.”
Prosecutors have requested a $30,000 bond, as well as the condition of any bond to include the condition that Barnett have no unsupervised contact with children under 17 years of age.