Toddler accidentally shoots himself

February 15, 2011 8:33:24 AM PST
A 2-year-old boy is in critical condition after using a stool to get a gun and accidentally shooting himself in the chest in an East Texas home. Authorities said the incident happened Saturday night when the boy pulled a case with a loaded small caliber handgun off a wall. Cherokee County sheriff's investigator Michael Goff says the toddler removed the gun from the case before shooting himself just below the right collarbone.

Goff says the boy was "just a curious 2-year-old." He is not being identified because of his age. Goff said the child was in critical condition Monday at a Dallas hospital after surgery. An updated condition wasn't immediately available.

Authorities say the boy's mother was the only other person home at the time. She is not facing charges.