A 2-year-old Randolph County, North Carolina boy is in stable condition after unintentionally shooting himself in the mouth. Police are calling it a miracle that the boy survived and was not more seriously injured.
The toddler was home with his parents, Jose Palencia and Agelica Rameriez, when he found his father's improperly locked .45-caliber handgun in his parents' bedroom. According to reports, the boy put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. The bullet broke a mandible bone in his jaw but luckily missed vital blood vessels and the spinal column.
The sheriff's office has indicated that charges will be filed against one or both of the parents. Storing an unsecured firearm in a place where minors can access it is a misdemeanor in North Carolina with punishment ranging from probation to jail time.