Tuesday 27 September 2016

Two people charged as baby Harry fights for his life after being shot in the head by air rifle

Benjamin Wright, Press Association

Published 03/07/2016 | 10:08

One-year-old Harry Studley who remains critically ill in hospital with a serious head injury after being shot with an air-gun in Bristol. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
One-year-old Harry Studley who remains critically ill in hospital with a serious head injury after being shot with an air-gun in Bristol. Photo: Family handout/PA Wire
Baby Harry Studley is fighting for his life after being shot by an air rifle in Bristol. Credit: Facebook/Facebook

POLICE investigating the shooting of a baby with an air-gun have charged two people.

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One-year-old Harry Studley remains critically ill in hospital after suffering a serious head injury on Friday evening in Bristol, England

Detectives said Jordan Walters, 24, and Emma Jane Horseman, 23, of Bishport Avenue, have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

A police spokesman said: "Harry Studley remains in a critical condition in Bristol Children's Hospital with a serious head injury after being shot by a pellet discharged from an air weapon.

"We've now charged two people in relation to the incident.

"They have been remanded in custody ahead of their appearance before magistrates."

Emergency crews were called to a flat in Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, at 4.10pm on Friday, with neighbours reportedly saying they heard the child "screaming and screaming".

His parents, Amy Allen and Edward Studley said: "We very much appreciate the help and support of our family, friends and local community at this very difficult time.

"We are concentrating our focus on our son Harry's recovery and would appreciate if we could have our privacy respected in order to allow us to do so."

The Bristol Post quoted an unnamed father, who witnessed the aftermath, as saying: "I couldn't sleep last night because I just couldn't get this picture out of my head.

"The mother was running behind covered in blood."

Police said the boy's family were continuing to be given "all the help and support they need".

Officers have also thanked the local community for their patience and understanding while extensive inquiries have been carried out.

Walters and Horseman will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on Monday.

In a statement on Sunday, Harry's family, including mother Amy and father Edward, said he remained "very poorly" and issued a heartfelt thankyou for the messages of support they had received.

It said: "We would reiterate that our request for privacy be respected as we and our family come to terms with what has happened".

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