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Philadelphia — The father and grandmother of a 3-year-old girl who shot herself in the leg in Philadelphia have been charged.

Authorities said Monday that Barbara McGill and Terrance Williams have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. The 64-year-old grandmother also was charged with tampering with evidence because police say she attempted to hide the gun.

Police say the child somehow got her dad's loaded gun and shot herself in the thigh Sunday. The bullet exited her calf.

She underwent surgery to save her leg.

Police say the father was rushing to work and asked his mother to secure his gun and watch the child. Police say she put it in a closet and in a holster with no lock before falling asleep.

Associated Press