Parents in custody after baby boy shot in head during domestic dispute

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CHICAGO — A 1-year-old boy was shot in the head following a domestic struggle between his parents inside their home, according to police.

Earlier reports said the toddler was shot in the 800 block of West Leland Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 26-year-old father told police he was the target of the gunfire, and the boy was hit by mistake.

Chicago police now say no shooting ever occurred at Clarendon and Leland. They said the initial story parents told police was a lie.

Detectives said there was a physical struggle between the boy’s mother and father over a handgun. The gun went off and struck the 1-year-old, who is almost 2, in the head. The father ran the boy to Weiss Hospital, where he was then transported to Lurie Children’s Hospital in serious condition.

The father and mother have been taken into custody. Police said charges are likely.

On Tuesday, authorities searched the area in an attempt to recover the handgun. At this time, it’s not known if it’s been recovered.

A criminal investigation, including history of weapon and child welfare, continues.

On Tuesday night, DCFS confirmed they are also investigating the incident.

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