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Iowa mother of toddler who shot himself gets probation

Raven Harris

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The mother of a Dubuque toddler who shot himself in the face has been given five years of probation.

Station KCRG reports  that Raven Harris was sentenced Friday. Online court records say she also was given a suspended prison sentence of 10 years and a suspended fine of $1,000. She’d pleaded guilty to two state charges of child endangerment.

Police say the little boy, Jeremiah Horsley, was playing with the .45-caliber handgun Jan. 3 when it went off. The bullet went through his right cheek and through his left jaw before entering his left shoulder and exiting the back of his arm.

The child’s father, Willie Horsley Sr., has been sentenced to one year of probation. He, too, pleaded guilty to child endangerment.