A four-year-old girl is currently in a “serious” condition after being shot in the head with an arrow.The injured girl was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance.
The incident occurred at a house in Illingworth, Halifax, West Yorkshire, on Saturday, 22 October. The youngster is thought to remain in a serious condition following surgery on a head injury, but has now been taken off a life support machine.
A friend of the family, who asked not to be named, said it was an accident and it happened after her brother’s crossbow had misfired. She said: “It was a tragic accident. Her brother does archery and he was showing her the bow and arrow. It misfired straight at her head.”
Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, of Calderdale District CID, said: “Enquiries are ongoing to determine precisely how this girl has come to be injured. Our investigations suggest she was not intentionally injured and an 18-year-old male is assisting us with our enquiries. Specially trained officers are working to support her family as our investigations continue.”