A three-year-old girl shot her 6 months pregnant mother after finding her father's loaded gun in a car which was parked outside a Northwestern Indiana thrift store.
The shooting took place in Merrillville, as the girl, a one-year-old boy and her mum Shanique Thomas were sat waiting in the car when she was shot between the chest and shoulder.
Women who was working in a shop nearby said:
"There was blood flowing all from her stomach – just coming out like water, like a faucet.
She told NBC Chicago that she took the children inside the store so they could not see their injured mother.
The toddler, had no idea what she had done and she was very scared",
Ms Thomas was rushed to a local hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Chicago, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.
Ms Thomas's partner Menzo Brazien, was inside a shop at the time of the shooting. He told police he left the weapon by the side of his seat. Police arrested him on suspicion of child endangerment.