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Man shot baby in the head with air gun

Jordan Walters and Emma Jane Horseman
Jordan Walters and Emma Jane Horseman

A man has admitted grievous bodily harm after an 18-month-old boy was shot in the head with an air-gun.

Jordan Walters, 24, admitting unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the boy at Bristol Magistrates' Court.

The toddler, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is critically ill in hospital after suffering a serious head injury in Hartcliffe, Bristol at 4pm on Friday.

Walters' partner Emma Jane Horseman, 23, did not enter a plea to a charge of aiding or abetting him to commit the offence.

The couple, of Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, were remanded in custody and will next appear before Bristol Crown Court on July 18.

District Judge Jim Astle told them: "There's no doubt these allegations are very, very serious - this case is an extremely serious case.

"I commit Mr Walters for sentence to the crown court. Miss Horseman, you will be committed for trial.

"In both cases you are remanded in custody."

The judge imposed a reporting restriction to prevent the identity of the victim from being published.

Emergency services were called to a flat in Bishport Avenue, where the boy and his mother were visiting, at 4.10pm on Friday.

Prosecuting, Lucy Coleman said: "This is a case where an 18-month-old child has been shot with an air rifle and has suffered very serious injuries.

"The child is currently in hospital and is critical. The Crown's case is that Mr Walters is the owner of an air pistol. Miss Horseman is his partner."

Miss Coleman said Walters called 999 after the air gun was discharged when it was loaded.

"During the call Mr Walters said he thought the gun was empty and he had accidentally shot the one-year-old child," she added.

Walters, dressed in a black jacket, and Horseman, in a striped jumper and grey hooded top, remained emotionless as they were led to custody.