Boy, four, accidentally shoots his two-year-old cousin in the chest: Philadelphia parents are charged after gun went off ‘while family were making Thanksgiving dinner’

A couple of Philadelphia parents have been charged after a two-year-old boy was shot in the chest by his four-year-old cousin on Thanksgiving.

The two children were playing while the mother was making Thanksgiving dinner at a home in North Philadelphia, police said.

The shooting happened around 4:20 pm Thursday, when the four-year-old accidentally fired a .40 caliber handgun, hitting his toddler cousin in the chest and the hand, according to authorities.

The two-year-old was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and remains in critical condition.

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Rachel Santiago (pictured) and Omar Laboy-Vega (right), both 34, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after their two-year-old son was shot by his cousin
Santiago and Laboy-Vega (pictured) were both inside the home at the time of the shooting, police said

Rachel Santiago (left) and Omar Laboy-Vega (right), both 34, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after their two-year-old son was shot by his cousin

The two-year-old’s mother and father have both been charged in connection with the shooting.

Rachel Santiago, 34, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and related offenses.

Omar Laboy-Vega, 34, also faced a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, as well as firearms and related charges.

Both parents were home at the time of the shooting, according to authorities. The incident remains under investigation.

The two-year-old had a gunshot wound to his upper chest and another on his right ring finger, police said. 

The two children were playing on the first floor living room of a home in the 3500 block of North 9th Street, investigators told Action News

Authorities recovered two handguns at the home. 

The two-year-old had a gunshot wound to his upper chest and one on his right ring finger after the shooting at a North Philadelphia home, police said (an officer is pictured at the scene)

The two-year-old had a gunshot wound to his upper chest and one on his right ring finger after the shooting at a North Philadelphia home, police said (an officer is pictured at the scene)