BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Authorities in southwestern Illinois' St. Clair County are investigating the case of a 9-year-old boy who shot himself in the hand while playing with his mother's handgun.
Sheriff's Capt. Steve Johnson said that the boy wounded himself Tuesday night in the family's home near Belleville.
He was taken to a Belleville hospital, then was transferred to one in St. Louis. He has been released.
Two other children, ranging in age from 2 weeks to 7 years, were at the home at the time but were unharmed.
No charges have been filed against the 26-year-old mother, who told investigators she kept the gun between the mattresses in her bedroom.
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