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8-year-old Stockton girl shot, mother arrested

8:45 AM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
Aurora Almaraz
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STOCKTON, Calif. - Stockton police have arrested a mother on weapons and child endangerment charges after her 8-year-old daughter was shot Thursday night.

According to Stockton Police reports, officers responded to a home on the 6800 block of Allegheny Place following a call of a person shot.  However, when officers arrived at the residence, the shooting victim, an 8-year-old girl, had been taken to a local hospital.

An ensuing investigation revealed the girl had been shot in the foot with a shotgun. Her mother was subsequently questioned, during which time she gave conflicting statements and refused to allow officers into her home, said spokesman Joe Silva.

Police were forced to get a search warrant for the home and found a sawed-off shotgun and handgun inside the property, said police.

Aurora Almaraz, 32, was taken into custody, and continued to be uncooperative with police, said Silva.

Silva said police did not initially believe the girl accidentally shot herself, but a later police report stated the shooting did appear to be the result of some type of accidental discharge. 


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