Police have arrested a father after they believe a young child shot his sister on Saturday night.
According to Atlanta Police, officers responded to the home on North Avenue around 9 p.m. Saturday. They found a 6-year-old girl who had been shot in the hand. The bullet appeared to have continued and struck her in the chest.
The child was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where she was reported to be in stable condition on Sunday.
Police said that investigators were given inconsistent stories about the circumstances of the shooting. They now believe that the girl's 2-year-old brother got hold of her father's gun and fired the shot.
Authorities said they recovered a 9mm handgun inside the house.
The father, identified by police as 45-year-old Antonio Stephens, was taken into custody and charged with reckless conduct, battery- family violence (1st offense), and on a bench warrant, the specifics of which are not yet available. More charges could be filed.