Mom out on bond after 2-year-old son shoots his sister

Newnan police are investigating after a toddler allegedly shot his sister. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

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Newnan police are investigating after a toddler allegedly shot his sister. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

A mother is out of jail after her 2-year-old son shot his 11-year-old sister inside a Coweta County restaurant.

Jennifer Cotton, 31, surrendered Saturday on a reckless conduct charge, according to Channel 2 Action News.

She was released from the Coweta County jail on a $2,500 bond after her first court appearance, the television station reported.

Cotton’s son got her .380-caliber handgun from her purse Feb. 12 at the No. 1 Buffet in the 1700 block of Newnan Crossing Boulevard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

A plastic piece at the bottom of the holster had a screw that holds it in place. When the child pulled the trigger, the screw went through the sister’s leg, not a bullet, Newnan police Lt. Tate Washington said.

“Medical staff was able to determine it was not a bullet (that hit the girl), it was a machine-type screw,” Washington said.

Cotton’s daughter had surgery to remove the screw at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and was in stable condition last week, Washington said.

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