Mother, boyfriend charged after 5-year-old shot himself in the abdomen

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two people are facing child endangerment charges after a 5-year-old St. Louis boy shot himself in the abdomen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 24-year-old Brittany Ciara Harris and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Demetrius Terron Dennis, were charged Friday. Harris is jailed on $10,000 bond. Dennis is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and is jailed on $40,000 bond.

Police say the boy found a loaded handgun owned by Dennis beneath a bed at the couple's home on Sept. 10 and shot himself. He suffered serious injuries but survived.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch