The Muskegon County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a four-month-old baby girl was shot by a .22 rifle.
It happened shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday Oct., 13, at a home in the 300 block of East Calumet Avenue in Dalton Township, east of Muskegon.
Friday morning, WZZM 13 learned the baby had been treated and released from the hospital.
Sheriff Dean Roesler said Thursday the baby was hit by a .22 bullet and the 2-year-old brother managed to remove the rifle from a closet in the home and fire several rounds, one of which hit the 4- month- old.
Initial information was that someone had discharged a .410 shotgun in the house and one of the pellets caused an arm wound to a 4-month- old girl. The sheriff updated that information in an email around 10 p.m. Thursday night.
The girl's parents were home at the time of the shooting. The sheriff tells us once investigation is complete it will be turned over to the prosecutors office for review. Child Protective Services will also be conducting a investigation.
Sheriff Roesler wrote in the email to the media, " This incident underscores the dangers of having a loaded weapon in the home that is not secured. I urge all gun owners to follow all safety suggestions including never have a loaded weapon unsecured and within reach of children."