A three year-old boy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, shot his father in the buttocks with his mother’s handgun that he found in her bag.
The bullet passed through the father’s hip and went in to the mother’s arm who is eight months pregnant.
The boy was searching for an iPod when he happened across the firearm.
The parents, named as Justin Reynolds and Monique Villescas, were treated at hospital and are stable.
The three year-old and his two year-old sister were unharmed but have been taken in to care whilst it is decided whether the parents will face negligence charges.