Texas Boy, 8, Shot By Cousin Remains In Critical Condition

TEXAS CITY (August 8, 2014) An 8-year-old boy remains in critical condition after he was shot in the face by his 7-year-old cousin in an apartment in Texas City, police say.

The two boys were unsupervised as the played in the apartment Thursday, Capt. Joe Stanton said.

They 7-year-old found a handgun and it discharged, striking the 8-year-old was shot in the left cheek, he said.

The boy was out of surgery and in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital, Stanton said Friday morning.

Police say there were no adults in the apartment when they arrived.

Stanton says a boyfriend of the victim's mother may have been responsible for supervising the children.

Texas Child Protective Services is reviewing the incident.