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Charges laid after Morayfield girl shot with "homemade" gun

CRIME SCENE: Location where a three-year-old was shot in Morayfield.
CRIME SCENE: Location where a three-year-old was shot in Morayfield.

POLICE have charged a 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman in relation to a shooting incident in Morayfield on January 7.

It will be alleged a three-year-old girl received a serious leg injury as a result of a gunshot from a homemade gun that was located at a residence in Morayfield.

Police will allege the man and woman failed to provide the necessary duty of care and take precautions to avoid danger to the child's safety.

The man and woman were both charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm and unlawful possession of weapons Category H (improvised firearm).

They are both due to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court today.

UPDATE, Janurary 8, 2016

A THREE-YEAR-OLD Morayfield girl remains in hospital after a "homemade improvised firearm" discharged and shot her in the leg at 11pm on Thursday night.
A Queensland Police Media spokesperson confirmed on Monday that no charges had been laid but said Grievous Bodily Harm would be "likely".
"They deem it to be a very unfortunate accident," she said.
Police learned the toddler had been shot after she was presented by relatives to Caboolture Hospital with a wound to her thigh at 11.30pm.
Police established a crime scene at a Morayfield address believed to be the toddler's home.

Forensic crews located and seized the firearm along with a number of other exhibits to assist with their investigations.
The three-year-old remains in Lady Cilento Hospital after undergoing surgery and is in a stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

EARLIER:

A "homemade improvised firearm" inflicted the gunshot wound to a three-year-old Morayfield girl overnight Acting detective inspector Teena Rolls has said.

At about 11.30pm last night the toddler was presented by relatives to Caboolture hospital with a wound to her thigh.

Police have established a crime scene at her residence where they located and seized the firearm along with a number other exhibits to assist with investigations.

Police believe several other children and three adults were present when the incident occurred inside the home.

Investigations were continuing into how the child was shot with a number of relatives, including a man and a woman, assisting police with their inquiries.

The three-year-old remains in Lady Cilento Hospital undergoing surgery.

UPDATE 

FORENSIC crew are on scene at an address in Morayfield after a three-year-old girl sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg last night.

The address where the incident occurred is already known to police.

A witness said police were at the address on the morning of Thursday, December 10.

He said he saw two marked police cars and a marked truck, which looked like a mobile operations unit, but could not see anyone at home.

A three-year-old child sustained a gunshot wound at this Morayfield address.
A three-year-old child sustained a gunshot wound at this Morayfield address. Vicki Wood

More details to come.

EARLIER:

A THREE-year-old Morayfield girl is being treated in a Brisbane hospital after suffering a bullet wound to her right leg.

Police learned the toddler had been shot at about 11pm on Thursday.

Officers then visited both the hospital and a home, where a crime scene was set up.

The young girl's injuries proved serious enough for her to be sent to Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane for further treatment.

Police are now interviewing a man and a woman about the shooting.

Those with information about the wounding of the toddler are being asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

It is the second horrific attack involving a young child this week.

On Wednesday, a two-month-old baby girl was fatally stabbed in the southern Brisbane suburb of Parkinson.

The baby's mother and grandmother also suffered stabbing wounds. Both survived the attack and are being treated in Brisbane.

The baby's grandfather is expected to face charges relating to the incident in Brisbane today.

On Thursday Detective Inspector Tony Duncun said the police are still trying to work out what caused the tragic turn of events. 

"As you can imagine, they [the family] are very traumatised after the incident.

"It was a horrific crime scene."

"Because the whole incident revolves around the entire family it makes it all that more traumatic."

"As you can imagine, they [the family]are very traumatised after the incident.

"It was a horrific crime scene."

"Because the whole incident revolves around the entire family it makes it all that more traumatic."

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