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2 Northern California children hurt in gun blast

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 9:18 a.m.

BURNEY — Shasta County authorities say a two-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister are hospitalized in serious condition after being hit by a blast of what's being described as a long gun.

Sheriff's Sgt. Marc St. Clair says the boy, Toby Venia, was the most seriously hurt, with one of his legs nearly severed by the blast.

His sister, Zoe, suffered a thigh injury and pellet wounds to her upper body.

St. Clair told The Redding Record-Searchlight (http://bit.ly/T2DioJ ) that their father, 29-year-old Kevin Venia, left the gun on an ottoman while his three children played nearby at his home in Burney on Monday.

When the weapon fired, the blast hit two of the three children. St. Clair says their wounds were consistent with that from a shotgun blast. The third child was not hurt, but was placed in protective custody.

Venia was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment.

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