A 20-month-old girl was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after suffering a gunshot wound, police said.
Investigators said Veronica Pyatt’s 20-month-old daughter was shot in the right upper leg in the front seat of Pyatt’s vehicle while Pyatt was driving in the area of 16th and E streets in San Bernardino on July 20.
Police said Pyatt’s 14-year-old son had been “manipulating” a loaded gun in the back seat of the vehicle when the gun fired. The bullet hit the child in the front seat.
“Though the 14-year-old told his mother his gun went off, she proceeded to their residence” on North G Street, “claiming she did not realize her daughter had been struck,” San Bernardino Police said.
When they returned home, the teenager allegedly disposed of the firearm “and other evidence” in a trash can while Veronica Pyatt unloaded groceries, police said.
The teenager told Pyatt the young girl had been shot. Pyatt then drove the child to Community Hospital of San Bernardino, before the child was transported to Loma Linda. Community Hospital staff notified police of the girl’s gunshot wound.
Veronica Pyatt and her 14-year-old son were both arrested, police said. The teen was held in the San Bernardino County Juvenile Detention Center.