8-year-old girl accidentally shot by brother in Midland, cousin arrested

8-year-old girl accidentally shot by brother in Midland, cousin arrested

MIDLAND, Ga. (WTVM) - One person is in police custody after the accidental shooting of a young child last night in Midland.

Authorities say an 8-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her 10-year-old brother Thursday night in the 7700 block of Leaning Pine Ct. in the Garrett Pines subdivision. According to police reports, the shooting took place just after 10:00 p.m. on Aug. 1.

The young girl was reportedly shot in the back of the neck. She was taken by ambulance to Columbus Piedmont Regional before being airlifted to an Atlanta area hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Lt. Dowe with the Columbus Police Department says that the girl’s brother found the guns after a 17-year-old cousin brought them into the home. The cousin has been charged with possession of a firearm under 18 years of age, reckless conduct, and theft by receiving stolen property.

Police say the 10-year-old is not facing any charges at this time. It is not yet clear if the children’s parents were home at the time of the shooting.

This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader 9 for the latest updates.

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