Australia Police considering charges after 5yo shot in face in southern Queensland

07:00  05 january  2018
07:00  05 january  2018 Source:   ABC News

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The boy remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. © ABC News The boy remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. Charges could be laid over the shooting of a five-year-old boy in the face on Queensland's Southern Downs, police say.

The boy remains in a critical but stable condition in the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane after he was accidently shot on a property near Stanthorpe.

Police said the boy was accidentally shot with a rifle at a property on Granite Belt Drive at Cottonvale on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said the gun was fired by another boy who was known to him.

Police said the boy sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the facial area.

The Police Child Protection Unit is involved in the investigation.

The nature of the boy's injuries are unknown at this stage as the family has asked for privacy. 

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