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DAYTON, Texas A two year old who gained access to a loaded semi-automatic gun was in guarded condition Tuesday night after accidentally being shot in the chest, according to investigators with the Dayton Police Department.

Police said a family was eating dinner at their home in the 100 block of Milo around 8 p.m. when the toddler wandered into a bedroom and picked up a 9 mm handgun. The gun discharged and a bullet struck the child in the chest, exiting through the back.

The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department and Liberty County EMS responded to the scene and rushed the tot to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for treatment.

Child Protective Services has also been notified.

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