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Bristol Baby Shot In Head With Air Gun Leads To Man Admitting Grievous Bodily Harm

The 18-month-old boy is critically ill in hospital.

04/07/2016 14:12

A man has admitted grievous bodily harm after a baby boy was shot in the head with an air gun.

The 18-month-old is critically ill in hospital after suffering a serious head injury in Bristol on Friday evening.

Jordan Walters, 24, admitted a charge of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the boy at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

His partner Emma Jane Horseman, 23, did not enter a plea to a charge of aiding or abetting Walters to commit the offence.

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A man has admitted grievous bodily harm after a baby boy was shot in the head with an air-gun at a block of flats on Bishport Avenue, Bristol

District Judge Jim Astle imposed a reporting restriction to prevent the victim's identity from being published.

Emergency crews were called to a flat in Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, at 4.10pm on Friday.

Prosecuting, Lucy Coleman told the court: "This is a case where an 18-month-old child has been shot with an air rifle and has suffered very serious injuries.

"The child is currently in hospital and is critical.

"The Crown's case is that Walters is the owner of an air pistol. Miss Horseman is his partner."

The court heard the child was visiting Walters and Horseman with his mother when the air gun was discharged.

"Unfortunately the gun was loaded," Coleman said.

The prosecutor said Walters made a 999 call after the incident.

"During the call Walters said he thought the gun was empty and he had accidentally shot the one-year-old child," she added.

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