Boy, almost 4, finds gun and shoots pregnant mom in the face

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SEATTLE (KKTV/AP) - Authorities say a pregnant Washington state woman was shot in the face Saturday by her preschool-aged son after the boy found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress.

The King County Sheriff’s Office says the mother was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

“The mom is 27 years old. She is eight months pregnant. She was laying on the bed watching TV -- her and her boyfriend,” Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff’s Office to CBS affiliate KIRO.

The victim's boyfriend, who is also the father of the little boy, told deputies he heard noises outside their home Friday night and wanted to have the gun in a more accessible spot for protection. He stuffed it between the mattress and box spring, where his son later found it.

“He [the child] found a handgun that was unsecured there and he grabbed it, and before anyone knew what happened, heard a pop sound. And the mom was shot on her face area,” Abbott said.

Relatives told KIRO the victim was conscious and talking when she was transported to the hospital.

Under a new state law, gun owners could face criminal charges for not safely storing a gun. It’s unclear who the gun is registered to.

Sunday is the child's 4th birthday, KIRO reported.