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ATLANTA – A mother has been charged after a 3-year-old child was shot in northwest Atlanta on Thursday night.

The shooting happened at the Allen Hills Apartments at 2973 Middleton Road NW. Police said the child was playing with a gun when it went off, striking the child in the face. The child was reported in stable condition late Thursday night.

The child was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to Officer John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department.

On Friday, authorities said that Angel Douglas, the boy's mother, was charged with second-degree child cruelty and reckless conduct. She was being held at Fulton County Jail.

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