A four-year-old girl is currently in a “serious” condition after being shot in the head with an arrow.air-ambulanceThe 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.”