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Boy shoots his 9-year-old sister with loaded gun while their mother was in the shower

By Mason White 4:17 PM November 16, 2014
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By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A mother was taken into police custody after her daughter was shot in the chest.

The mother of New Jersey, was in the shower when her 12-year-old son found an unsecured gun, pointed it at his sister and pulled the trigger.

The nine-year-old girl was with shot in the chest and was taken to a hospital, where she is fighting for her life.

Meanwhile, her mother, Catrease Thomas, 33, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a weapon, according to Newark Police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Glover.

Neighbors were shocked by the incident. One man said that Thomas is a good mother. He said that she is a stay at home mom, who keeps a close eye on her kids.

It is unclear whether the gun was legally owned or not. Some people said that the gun belonged to the mother’s boyfriend, who was not home at the time of the incident.