A 2-years-old girl in Tennessee is fighting for her life after being a victim of a tragic incident. She was shot in the head with a pellet gun in the back yard of her home.
The toddler was airlifted to the hospital. Upon inspection, the doctor confirmed that she suffered from a stroke shortly after the pellet struck into her head.
The girl named Ariel Salaices was playing outside with her brother. According to the reports, the shot came from a wooded area near the backyard.
Ariel was going down the slide when his brother heard the shot. Horrified brother immediately rushed into the house to call his father. Moreover, injured Ariel walked to the front steps and collapsed at the spot.
As her father drove her to Johnson County EMS, the toddler was airlifted to Knoxville Children’s Hospital where she received the treatment.
“ARIEL IS A VERY SPUNKY LITTLE GIRL. SHE’S SASSY, AND SHE’S FULL OF LIFE. SHE’S DEFINITELY NOT ONE WHO WANTS TO SIT STILL,” HER AUNT, STEPHANIE BROWN, TOLD ABC NEWS.
Thankfully the treatment was a success, and the little girl’s condition is stabilized. However, neurologists still have to do some checkup on the pressure of the skull.
Edward Tester, Johnson County Sheriff, issued a warning to hunters about proper firearm safety:
“If you’re using a firearm and doing target practice or hunting, make sure you’re looking beyond where you’re shooting. Because that bullet may not stop where you want it to.”
According to the GoFundMe Page, her parents are now out of work to take care of their baby. And even though her treatment expenses were paid, there are still some funds needed for the travel expenses, food expenses which is out of their budget.
The sheriff made a personal note to the shooter adding:
“I think with all this information out there, I think they know who they are.”
The bullet was previously believed to be a stray bullet but upon further investigation was confirmed to be a pellet gun.
However, no charges were filled to the shooter after the incident to be determined as a “tragic accident.”
The recent update from Ariel’s mother’s facebook page states that the treatment will further be moved to Georgia hospital.
We all pray a speedy recovery of this sweet child.