Houston woman tried to shoot a dog, but shot her 5-year-old child instead: cops

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Jun. 3 2021, Published 4:02 p.m. ET

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A Houston woman was charged after her young son was hit by a bullet when the intended target was a stray dog, police said.

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Houston police investigators say that the child’s mother, Angela Mia Vargas, 24, fired a small-caliber pistol three times at a dog running loose on the street.

One of the bullets ricocheted and struck her 5-year-old child, according to police.

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The child was transported to an area hospital in stable condition with what police believed were non-life-threatening wounds.

The owner of the dog was issued a citation for letting it run loose, police say. The unnamed dog was not injured.

Vargas was charged with deadly conduct — discharge of a firearm.

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