Child wounded, found mother's gun on couch

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Clarksville child has been critically wounded when he shot himself in the abdomen with his mother's gun.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported the 3-year-old remained in critical but stable condition Monday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police said the boy's mother is 22 years old and has a valid gun carry permit.

Police said the left her .38-caliber handgun on a couch. She mother was working at her computer with her back to the couch when she heard the gunshot.

The boy was airlifted to the Nashville hospital.

Police say this is the third known local case in which a young child has fired an unattended weapon in recent months. There were no injuries in the other incidents.

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