Infant hit by bullet more seriously injured than first thought



SALTSBURG, Pa. - The 5-day-old boy who was accidentally shot by hunters near Saltsburg Thursday night is more seriously injured than authorities first thought, according to Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty.

“It was originally reported that the bullet had grazed the child's head, but it had actually penetrated the child's head,” Dougherty said.

Dougherty said the infant's father was sitting on a couch at about 7 p.m. Thursday holding the infant when the bullet tore through the window of the home on Elders Ridge Road in Young Township.

The shot came from a .308 hunting rifle, Dougherty said.

Dougherty said the bullet is believed to have come from hunters on private property across the street, and they had permission to be there.

“The hunters have been cooperative,” Dougherty said. “We think we know which individual fired the shot that struck the child.”

The child had surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Thursday night and remains in the intensive care unit. A condition report could not be obtained Friday.

The injuries to the baby were an improbable accident, Dougherty said.

“Nobody would be able to make that shot if they tried,” he said. “It's unbelievable.”

The hunters are cooperating but Dougherty says the case "appears to be an accidental shooting."

Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE contributed to this report.