Minneapolis woman charged after child shoots his hand with a gun

"He suffered significant damage to his left hand and needed surgery."

Edgar Linares
October 05, 2018 - 5:03 pm

By Edgar Linares

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A 4-year-old boy is recovering after shooting his hand with a loaded gun on Thursday. The girlfriend of the child’s father is now facing child endangerment charges for leaving the gun where the boy could get it.

On Thursday, police responded to a local hospital after the boy’s father and his girlfriend brought the wounded child IN. He suffered significant damage to his left hand and needed surgery. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office identified Tiara Marie Wilburn, 34, of Minneapolis as the owner of the gun.

According to the criminal complaint, Wilburn brought the gun to her boyfriend’s home on the 1400 block of Newton Avenue North. She told police the gun was in her purse and she left the purse on the floor of the bedroom closet, where the child must have gained access while she left it unattended. 

Wilburn also admitted she did not have any gun locks or lock boxes for the weapon. Police later went to the home and found the gun on the dining room table, along with blood and a bullet hole in the ceiling of the living room.

Wilburn is in the Hennepin County Jail and she’ll make her first court appearance Monday.