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Baby boy shot in head with air rifle in Bristol

A man and a woman, who are not related to the baby, have been arrested.

Image: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A BABY BOY is in a critical condition after being shot in the head with an air rifle in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have confirmed they are investigating the incident, which happened at a house in Hartcliffe yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, police said: “We were called at just after 4.10pm yesterday following the incident at a property in Bishport Avenue.

“The child is currently in a critical condition at Bristol Children’s Hospital with a serious head injury.”

A 24-year-old man and 23-year-old woman have been arrested. They are not related to the child.

Detective Inspector Jonathan Deane said: “We’re carrying out enquiries at the scene to establish what happened but clearly these are very tragic circumstances.

We have a trained liaison officer with the family of the child and they will be kept updated on the progress of our investigation.

“We’re aware this will have an impact on the wider community and would encourage anyone with concerns to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

Police have asked anyone with information to phone them at 101 and quote the reference number 5216144112.

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