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Stark County Sheriff: Mother accidentally shot by 3-year-old son

The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.

CANTON, Ohio — The Stark County Sheriff's Office is investigating the "accidental shooting" of a 23-year-old woman by her 3-year-old son in Canton Township on Friday afternoon. 

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According to a release, Stark County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home in the 4100 block of Lincoln Street East in Canton Township just after 2:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies located a 23-year-old woman with a single gunshot wound. She was transported to Aultman Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

During the investigation, deputies discovered that the female victim was accidentally shot by her 3-year-old son. 

“This is an example as to why it is critical that firearms are properly stored inside the home,” said Sheriff George T. Maier in a release. “This incident very easily could have been tragic. Thankfully no lives were lost, this time.”

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Canton Township Fire Department and members of the Stark County Sheriff Office Detective Bureau. 

The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Stark County Sheriff’s Office at 330-430-3800 or the Anonymous Crime Tip Line at 330-451-3937.

This is a developing story. Stay with 3News for more details as they become available. 

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