Pa. man shot infant with BB, police say

July 24, 2009 6:24:34 AM PDT
A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges that he shot his girlfriend's 4-month-old daughter in the forehead with a BB pistol. Greensburg police say 21-year-old Carlos Rivera III told them he was cleaning the gun when it discharged, and that the baby was hit by a ricocheting BB. But police say they found no marks on the ceiling where Rivera says that happened.

The BB passed through a space between the infant's skull and brain and remains lodged in her head. Police say it's unclear if the baby will have long-term health problems as a result.

Police say the incident happened June 21 when they arrested Rivera Thursday. Online court records show Rivera faces a preliminary hearing on aggravated assault and other charges July 30, but list no defense attorney.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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