Little Harry Studley was shot in the head with air rifle and airlifted to hospital
The pellet hit 18-month-old Harry Studley with such force, it penetrated his skull.
Emma Horseman, a friend of the boy’s mother, had allegedly urged her boyfriend: “Shoot Harry just to frighten him. Shut him up. Shoot it at Harry.”
Blood gushed from a wound in the toddler’s right temple and ran down his frantic mother’s arms as she cradled him, the jury was told.
The pellet penetrated the boy's skull and left him bleeding from his temple
In and out of consciousness, he was airlifted to hospital.
Emergency surgery saved his life, Bristol Crown Court heard.
But the slug is still in his head and he suffers “several post-traumatic seizures a day”.
Harry was shot when his mother Amy Allen took him and older brother Riley to visit Horseman in Bristol last July.
Emma Horseman allegedly convinced her partner Jordan Waters to fire the air rifle towards Harry
Jordan Walters, 24, Horseman’s partner, was also there cleaning an air rifle he used for shooting rabbits.
I heard Emma speak to Jordan, ‘Shoot it and scare him.’ He aimed the gun at Harry
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Amy Allen, mother
The gas-powered weapon, equipped with a telescopic sight, drew gasps from the public gallery as it was shown to the jury.
When two-year-old Riley became upset, Miss Allen, 21, went to comfort him, said Andrew Macfarlane, prosecuting.
Moments later, Harry also started crying because “he wanted mummy too,” Mr Macfarlane added.
The court heard the boy would not stop crying for his mummy
Horseman, 24, who has two young children of her own, allegedly asked her: “Oh Amy, how do you cope with them crying all the time?”
Miss Allen told the jury: “I said, ‘It’s easy. You have to just get on with it.’
“I heard Emma speak to Jordan, ‘Shoot it and scare him.’ He aimed the gun at Harry. I looked round and said, ‘No’ and I heard the gun.
“I heard the noise and Harry screaming in pain. She looked around and said, ‘Jordan, he’s bleeding.’ ”
Amy Allen testified in court, but Emma Horseman denied her claims
Walters admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the little boy at a separate hearing, the jury was told.
Horseman denies aiding and abetting him.
The trial continues