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Toddler struck in head by stray bullet outside Utah day care

Authorities believe the small caliber bullet may have come from a pellet gun or air gun.
Map showing Spanish Fork, Utah.
Posted at 4:05 PM, May 23, 2023
and last updated 2023-05-23 16:05:24-04

A 2-year-old child was struck in the head by a stray bullet while playing outside a Utah day care, authorities said Tuesday.

Spanish Fork police believe the small caliber bullet may have come from a pellet gun or air gun that was fired from a field across the street from the facility, Lt. Cory Slaymaker said in a press release. Police said it appeared to be a "tragic accident" and there are currently no suspects in the case.

Slaymaker says several children were playing in a fenced area outside the day care, when one of the adult workers noticed a child appeared to stumble and started bleeding from their face. Parents of the toddler were alerted and transported their child to a hospital, where doctors conducted scans and discovered a small bullet was lodged in the child's head.

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Authorities said the 2-year-old was transported to a children's hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition.

"Detectives are continuing to investigate where the bullet may have been shot from and why. It appears this was a tragic accident," Slaymaker said in a statement. "Open fields are directly west of the daycare and it is believed the round may have come from that area."

Spanish Fork, Utah, is a small town located about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City.