Woman Accidentally Shoots 10-Year-Old Child While Posing With a Gun for a Selfie

A 10-year-old Houston boy is recovering after being accidentally shot on Tuesday by his babysitter, who was trying to pose with a gun while taking a selfie.

Caitlyn Smith, 19, has been charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child, the New York Post reported.

Smith, the boy’s aunt, was watching the boy when she found a gun, according to law enforcement.

She posed in pictures with the firearm, thinking it was unloaded.

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As she snapped photos the gun went off, striking the boy in the stomach.

The child underwent surgery on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery.

Selfie mishaps

Smith is far from the only person involved in an egregious selfie mishap.

As social media comes to dominate more facets of modern life, grave — and sometimes deadly — selfie accidents are becoming more commonplace.

A study published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care in 2018 found that 259 people have died while taking selfies between the years of 2011 to 2017.

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In November, a French tourist died while taking a selfie near a scenic waterfall in Thailand.

Cover image: Person taking a selfie. (Creative Commons/Pexels)

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