The five-year-old was playing on the bed at a home in South Artesian about 12:20pm on Saturday when the gun fired.
She was taken to University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital and was in a good condition.
Jarquise Upton, 21, was charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, one count of misdemeanor possession of ammunition and one count of misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property.
Upton, who is the boyfriend of the victim’s mother, said he kept the gun for ‘protection,’ police said.
Upton’s girlfriend and his mother told responding officers that the gun — a Smith & Wesson, .22 caliber, blue-steel automatic handgun with a 6-inch barrel and nine live rounds in the magazine — belonged to Upton.
Authorities took him into custody after he’d contacted another relative by telephone and told that person he wanted to turn himself in.
When officers asked Upton if he knew the gun was registered as stolen, he told police he found it in a gangway.
He said he’d kept it hidden in the yard until March 19, when he brought it into his room and under his mattress for ‘protection from my girl’s baby’s daddy who messes with me,’ according to a police report.
Story @ Daily Mail
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