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Family Of Shot Toddler Had Been Reported To Welfare Agencies, Neighbors Say

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Neighbors said Monday they had reported the home in which a 5-year-old shot a 3-year-old girl to child welfare agencies because they feared the girl was neglected.

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The girl was listed in critical condition Monday night after being flown to a Colorado Springs hospital where she underwent surgery.

Police arrested Adrian Chavez, the victim’s mother’s boyfriend, Monday after he fled. He will be charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury since he allegedly left the gun unattended. Chavez, 22, had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear.

The children said they learned to fire guns from watching video games, police said.


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