JOHNSON CO. SHERIFF: No charges after 2-year-old hit by pellet gun

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- No charges will be filed after a two-year-old girl was hit by a pellet gun while playing in her own backyard last month.

According to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, investigators determined that 2-year-old Ariel Salaices was shot by another child who was playing with a pellet rifle.

Ariel was playing in her backyard on March 15th when the incident happened.

Officials with the sheriff’s office said Monday, At the recommendation of the District Attorney General and due to the fact that the incident occurred as result of a tragic accident, no charges will be placed. This incident was investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Ariel has been hospitalized since that incident happened.

Her family has been posting updates on a Facebook page called ‘Updates for Ariel.’

The latest update posted Monday morning said Ariel is STILL breathing on her own!! She had a restless night, but she is doing better with the adjustments they made for her breathing . 

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