Babysitter accused of shooting nephew while taking selfie

This photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's department shows Caitlyn Smith. (Harris County Sheriff's Department via AP)
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HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area teen is in jail after she was accused of accidentally shooting her 10-year-old nephew after making a selfie video of herself with a gun for her Instagram account.

Caitlyn Smith is in the Harris County Jail charged with felony injury to a child.

According to an arrest affidavit, the 19-year-old told investigators that she was babysitting her nephew Tuesday at her suburban apartment on Houston's northern fringe. She was shooting a cellphone video for herself pointing a 9-millimeter handgun for her Instagram account when she squeezed the trigger, accidentally shooting her nephew in the abdomen.

The child was taken to an area hospital and underwent surgery, KHOU reported. Authorities said no vital organs were hit, and the child is expected to survive.

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