Mom Accidentally Shoots 5-Year-Old Son While Trying To Gun Down Stray Dog

A Texas woman has been arrested after accidentally shooting her 5-year-old son while firing a gun at a dog running across the street.

Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, has since been charged with deadly conduct discharge with a firearm for the incident, which occurred at 700 Dunham Road in Houston, on Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from the Houston Police Department (HPD).

HPD officers responded to reports of a shooting at the address at around 2:15 p.m. on May 29, finding the 5-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Investigators discovered that Vargas fired a small-caliber pistol three times at a neighborhood dog that was running across the street, with one of the bullets ricocheting and hitting her young child.

Following conversations with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Vargas was arrested by HPD officers and was charged because she fired across a "public roadway and in the direction of two occupied houses."

The HPD confirmed that the dog was not seriously injured in the shooting, but said that its owner was issued a citation for letting the pet run loose across the street.

The unnamed owner of the dog, a 6-month-old boxer named Bruno, told Click2Houston that the pet suffered graze wounds to his legs, but is already running around again just a few days after the incident.

The dog's owner said that the pet ran out of the house on Saturday when they opened their door to see if their brother was standing outside.

"I came out of my house because Bruno was barking and barking. I thought my brother was coming," the owner told ABC 13. "So, I open the door just a little bit and he comes running out."

Ring doorbell footage, shown to ABC 13 by the owner, showed them running after Bruno and shouting at him to come back, before multiple gunshots are heard and Vargas screams.

Bruno's owner revealed that they been having nightmares since the incident, and said that Vargas "could have handled it differently. You know, she was there, her husband was there, I was there, nothing would have happened. Nothing bad like that."

Vargas' 5-year-old son was transported to a local hospital following the incident, but the HPD confirmed in the statement on Tuesday that he is now in a stable condition suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

Newsweek has contacted the Houston Police Department for any update on the incident.

Angelia Mia Vargas in Houston police custody
Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, in police custody. Vargas was charged with deadly conduct-discharge with a firearm on Saturday after shooting her 5-year-old son while targeting a neighborhood dog. Houston Police Department