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Infant wounded by air gun pellet in Hialeah

Shooting ruled an accident, investigators say

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HIALEAH, Fla. – A three-month-old infant was wounded above the eye by a pellet from an air gun Thursday afternoon in Hialeah.

The baby's father told Hialeah police he simply set the gun down and it fired hitting the infant just above the eye.

The parents, in a panic, drove the child to Palmetto General Hospital themselves, police said.

Once there, emergency room physicians decided to transfer the baby to Ryder Trauma Center, where the injury could be examined by the specialist of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Hialeah police questioned the parents but released them. Police said they will not be charged and the injury to the baby's eye will not cause permanent damage.

The baby is expected to be OK.