Cleburne girl, 5, recovering from gunshot

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A 5-year-old Cleburne girl, wounded Friday when her father was loading a new handgun, was in good condition Tuesday at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, a police spokeswoman said.

Johnson County prosecutors have decided not to file charges against the father, Detective Kelly Summey, a Cleburne police spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

Investigators learned that the father had recently bought a handgun and as he was loading it, "he accidentally fired the gun, striking the child in the abdomen," Summey said.

"After reviewing all of the circumstances surrounding this incident, and historical information of the family, it was determined that there was no criminal intent and criminal charges would not be sought in this case," Summey said.

The case, however, was referred to Child Protective Services, she said.

The family has two other children, a brother and sister, both younger than the wounded girl, said Marissa Gonzales, a CPS spokeswoman. The siblings were placed with relatives while CPS completes its investigation, which typically takes about 30 days, Gonzales said.

The wounded girl, who was not identified, was taken to the hospital by helicopter ambulance after the shooting, which occurred about 6:50 p.m. Friday at her family's home.

The girl "continues to improve" and "her condition is good," Summey said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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