Pregnant mom shot by son remains hospitalized

SEATTLE (AP) — A pregnant Washington state woman remains hospitalized but her condition has improved after her 4-year-old son shot her in the face with a loaded handgun he found under a mattress.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott says the 27-year-old mother was hospitalized Saturday with life-threatening injuries. He says her condition improved Sunday and she was transferred to another hospital.

Abbott says the woman and her boyfriend, who is the father of her son, were in bed watching television when the boy found the unsecured gun between the mattress and box spring.

Abbott says the boy unintentionally shot her his mother in the face. She’s eight months pregnant.

The woman’s boyfriend told deputies he borrowed the gun for protection.

The shooting is under investigation.