Toddler Puts Gun in Mouth, Shoots
Boy, 2, expected to survive
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2013 1:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – A North Carolina toddler found a handgun in his parents' bedroom Saturday afternoon, put it in his mouth ... and the gun went off, authorities say. The Asheboro boy is "extremely lucky," a sheriff's captain tells the Winston-Salem Journal, because the bullet missed his vital organs (as well as his vital arteries and spinal cord, My Fox 8 reports), and he is expected to survive. Deputies called it a miracle. The 2-year-old's father, to whom the gun belonged, was home at the time, as were his mother and three older siblings. Authorities will decide whether to charge the parents.