Mother shoots her 2-year-old daughter in hospital emergency room

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By: Mahesh Sarin

(Scroll down for video) Police launched an investigation after a mother allegedly accidentally shot her little daughter at a hospital emergency room police in Mississippi said.

The Jackson Police Department said that the incident occurred at the Merit Health Central hospital on Wednesday morning.

The 2-year-old girl suffered light wounds to her face as a result of the shooting. No charges have been filed.

According to the police investigation, the mother of the 2-year-old girl dropped her purse while using a vending machine, causing her gun to go off.

The bullet ricocheted off the vending machine and grazed the face of the 2-year-old girl. The gun was kept in the mother’s purse.

The Merit Health Central hospital said that weapons are prohibited on the hospital campus in order to protect the safety of patients, visitors and employees.