A little boy was left in a critical condition after a man is alleged to have shot him in the head with an air gun – to shoot him up. Harry Studley, who was 18 months at the time of the incident, was left fighting for his life.

The toddler had been visiting the apartment where Jordan Walters and Emma Horseman lived, along with his mum Amy Allen and his older brother Riley, aged two. Both of the children were crying and Ms Horseman is alleged to have told Walters to shoot the air rifle at Harry to frighten him and shut him up.

Walters, who is a father of two, is understood to have believed that the gun was not loaded, so he aimed it at his head and pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the little boys skull and he needed emergency surgery to save him. However, it is not clear whether he will ever make a full recovery from the injuries he suffered.

Simple and horrifying

The 24 year old has pleaded guilty already to causing Grievous Bodily Harm. However, Horseman, who is also 24, has denied the same charge through aiding and abetting and she is currently standing trial. Bristol Crown Court has been told by Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting, that the case is “simple and horrifying”. He said that two sets of parents had met up one afternoon, but within an hour, a baby boy had been left fighting for his life.

Immediately after the shooting, little Harry’s mother gathered him in her arms, as blood gushed from the wound in his head. He was falling in and out of consciousness as the frantic mother waited for an ambulance to arrive. The toddler was taken by air ambulance to Bristol Royal Infirmary where, thankfully, medics were able to save his life. The trial continues.