Florida Toddler Stuck By Bullet In Critical Condition

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Orlando Health spokeswoman says a central Florida toddler who was shot in the head when a gun discharged at her home remains in critical condition.

Orlando police on Tuesday reported that the girl had died. But the Orlando Sentinel reported late Tuesday that hospital officials confirmed 2-year-old Kaylen Torres was still alive.

The newspaper reports that the girl’s 21-year-old cousin Christian Galarza-Rodriguez told police a .22-caliber semiautomatic weapon accidentally discharged as he was trying to put it inside a box in his dresser. The bullet went through a wall and struck the child, who was in another room.

Police charged the cousin with providing a false name. U.S. immigration officials have been notified, but his status is unclear. Police are continuing an investigation and more charges may be filed.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Associated Press