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Toddler injured by gun in Cartersville

A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday when he accidentally shot himself in the hand while left without parental supervision in a car.

According to a press release from the Cartersville Police Department, the boy was left inside the vehicle, along with four other juveniles, at around 3 p.m. with access to a loaded firearm outside a house at 26 Herring St. in Cartersville.

The mother of the boy, Vesherica Gainor, was later arrested on charges unrelated to the shooting. 

According to Bartow County Jail records, Gainor lives at the home where the car was parked when the boy shot himself.

The boy was transported to a medical facility and received treatment for a self-inflicted, non-life-threatening injury to his hand.

No other injuries were reported, according to the CPD release.

CPD added that the investigation is ongoing and more information would be made available when possible.