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Raleigh toddler accidentally shoots self; 34-year-old charged

Posted April 3, 2015 5:13 p.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2015 1:52 p.m. EDT

— A 34-year-old man was charged Friday night after a 2-year-old boy shot himself in the face at a home in north Raleigh, police said.

Jamick Dakota Corley was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number, failure to store a firearm safely to protect a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

According to authorities, the toddler shot himself in the face at about 4 p.m. at a home in the 5200 block of Evergreen Forest Way, near Capital Boulevard, in north Raleigh. Corley lives at the home, police said.

The toddler was taken to WakeMed but later transferred to Duke Hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

In a 911 call released by authorities Saturday afternoon, a woman can be heard screaming as she tells dispatchers that the child shot himself.

"I heard a pop and ran upstairs and he was bleeding from the mouth," the woman said.

After telling authorities that the child shot himself in the chin, the woman said the boy was starting to go to sleep.

"His eyes are getting weak. He's breathing and gurgling," she said.

Shortly after law enforcement officials arrived at the home, the caller said that the boy was awake and talking.

Danny Royale lives in the neighborhood. He said the child was quickly rushed out of the home.

"The infant was only wearing diapers and they rushed out of here so fast. We didn't know what was happening," Royale said.

It was not immediately clear if Corley was related to the toddler. Corley was being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing.