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CHICAGO — Two people were charged after a 1-year-old boy was shot in the head following a struggle between his parents inside their home, according to police.

Travis McCoy, 26, was charged Wednesday with felony false alarm and complaint to 911 and one misdemeanor county of child endangerment. Adriana Smith, 28, was charged with felony obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence and one misdemeanor charged of child endangerment.

Early 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 then said 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.

McCoy and Smith were then taken into custody.

A criminal investigation, including history of weapon and child welfare, continues. On Tuesday night, DCFS said they are also investigating the incident.

McCoy and Smith are due in court Thursday.


Narrative: The above offenders were taken into custody following a January 27, 2020 domestic incident inside of a residence in the 800 block of W. Eastwood, in which a one-year-old male victim sustained a gunshot wound to the head. McCoy was arrested on January 27, 2020 at approximately 8:05 p.m. in the 4600 block of N. Marine Drive after bringing the infant to the hospital for treatment. Smith was arrested on January 28, 2020 at approximately 12:03 a.m. in 2400 block of W. Belmont for her involvement in the incident. Both were charged accordingly. No further information is available.