Both parents of a five-year-old boy who was shot in the hip in Sydney’s west last week have now been charged for allegedly hindering the police investigation.
NSW Police said the boy was shot while playing with his sister at their home in Lurnea on May 1.
The boy was taken to Liverpool Hospital before being transferred to Westmead Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
Chief Inspector Mitch Newton said the initial investigation suggested the shooting was an accident.
“It would appear that it was probably accidental at this point but we’ll see,” he said.
The 41-year-old father was charged earlier this week with hindering an investigation, possessing an unauthorised firearm and possessing ammunition without holding a licence.
Yesterday, the 37-year-old mother was charged with the same offences.
Both have been granted bail to appear in Liverpool Local Court later this month.
Despite the shooting, Chief Inspector Newton said the children would remain in the care of their parents.
“I don’t think there is any issue in relation to the safety of the kids, I think the kids are fine,” he said.
Officers said it was possible further charges could be laid as the investigation continued.
NSW Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting at Lurnea. (AAP: Dean Lewins)