Shocking video captured the moment a 3-year-old girl shot herself with a handgun – while a relative celebrated a football touchdown on TV.
The chilling footage posted by WPLG shows Serenity picking up the pistol at her home in Miami Dade on Saturday after Orlando Young, 23, jumped up during the game.
A bang is immediately heard in the footage and the toddler is hurt.
“It looks as if she is getting ready to pick up the gun, the gun went off and I guess the bullet went through her finger,” Serenity’s grandmother, Robin Fuller, told the outlet.
“The police arrived because I called the police myself when I received the phone call and eventually the police arrived and they asked ‘Where is the baby?’” she said.
Fuller said Serenity was supposed to be under the care of her other grandmother, who was not seen in the video at the time of the incident.
Young told police he had made breakfast for the girl and then watched over her, CBS News Miami reported, adding that he was a relative of the hurt girl.
He “momentarily left his gun unattended on the couch because he was excited about a touchdown,” a police report said.
After hearing the shot, he saw blood coming from Serenity’s hand.
She was taken to Homestead Hospital and then transferred to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where she underwent surgery, officials said.
“They are trying to save the finger so we are just going to pray that the blood flow goes back through,” Fuller told WPLG earlier.
Serenity has since been released and is in good spirits, she said.
Young was arrested on a charge of child neglect with bodily harm.
He faces additional charges for getting into a fight with an inmate, according to the outlet.