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Infant Boy Shot In Head In Uptown When Parents Struggled Over Gun, Police Say

The boy was shot inside a home and one person was in custody, police said.

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UPTOWN — A 1-year-old boy was shot in his head Monday night in Uptown.

The boy’s father originally told investigators the child was hit by a stray bullet while outside, police said, but the child was actually accidentally shot during a struggle between his parents inside their home. The two were fighting over a gun when one accidentally fired it and hit the baby, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police spokesman.

The boy was shot in his head and, at 7:30 p.m., his father took him to Weiss Hospital, police said. He was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in serious condition, though he was stabilized.

The bullet did not penetrate the boy’s skull and his wound was “non-life-threatening,” Guglielmi said.

A person was in custody but had not been charged as of Tuesday morning.

The boy’s father originally told police he was near the intersection of Leland and Clarendon avenues Monday night when he was shot at and the boy was hit, police said.

But investigators did not find a crime scene at Leland and Clarendon avenues, Guglielmi tweeted Monday night. He said detectives were working to collect physical and video evidence to corroborate the man’s story.

“We have many questions about the timeline of events & will seek physical evidence and video to corroborate the reports,” Guglielmi said in a tweet.