A woman has been arrested on child abuse charges after her 14-year-old son accidentally shot his baby sister in the leg inside her car, police say.
The 37-year-old mother allegedly continued to drive home and proceeded to go food shopping without calling 911 or checking on her injured 20-month-old baby.
Veronika Pyatt claimed she was unware her little girl had been shot as she was taken in by police on a charge of child abuse with the possibility of great bodily harm.
The mother of two is being held on $100,000 bail while her teenage son is held at the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Centre.
Investigators have determined that Pyatt's 14-year-old son was 'manipulating' a loaded gun in the backseat of her car while she was driving.
The gun discharged a single shot, hitting the teen's baby half-sister in her upper right leg, Daily Mail reports.
In a statement on the brutal incident, police said: "'Though the 14-year-old told his mother his gun went off, she proceeded to their residence in the 2700 block of North G Street, claiming she did not realize her daughter had been struck."
When the family arrived home, the 14-year-old boy got out of the car with his wounded baby sister in his arms and allegedly hid the gun and other evidence in a bin.
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This all allegedly happened while the mother was unloading the supermarket shopping.
Police added: "Pyatt never attempted to remove the gun from the juvenile nor physically examine her children.
"Furthermore, Pyatt failed to notify the police of the incident."
The 14-year-old finally came clean to his mother and revealed that his sister had been shot in the back of the vehicle.
Pyatt took her daughter to the Community Hospital of San Bernardino where staff quickly notified the police.
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Luckily, the toddler sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Centre.
A separate investigation by The Department of Child and Family Services is underway.
In other news, a mother of five has been jailed for nine years after the death of her "tiny" baby son.
Chelsea Cuthbertson shook and squeezed the six-week-old boy with "severe force" as she took out her "anger and frustration" on him following a row with her partner, a court heard.
Malakai Watts was rushed to hospital from the family's two-bedroom flat in Hythe, Southampton, on February 2 2019.
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