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Cops: Mom Realizes Toddler Is Shot An Hour After Robbery Attempt

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FLINT (WWJ) - A 19-month-old girl has been upgraded to serious condition after being shot during what her mother says was a robbery attempt.

Flint police said the child was shot around 9 p.m. Wednesday while in the car with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend at Garland Street and 11th Avenue. The mother told police that a man approached their car and tried to rob them, but they quickly sped off as the man fired shots at their car.

Police said the mother didn’t realize that her daughter was hurt until about an hour after the shooting, when she removed the girl from her car seat.

“I don’t know how a young child can get shot and not scream, yell or anything,” Michigan State Police Detective Robert Dunham told The Flint Journal. “(The mother) said she never noticed any blood. She said she was moving her into the house, and that’s when she noticed she was bleeding.”

The girl was rushed to Hurley Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police are still looking for the suspect, although a description was not immediately available.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who might have information on the incident is urged to contact police at 810-237-6801 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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