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A man left his neighbours’ crying toddler fighting for life after he aimed and fired a loaded air rifle into his head to ‘shut him up’, a court has heard.

Little Harry Studley, then 18-months-old, was visiting couple Jordan Walters and Emma Horseman’s flat with his mother Amy Allen and brother Riley, two, reports Daily Mail.

Miss Allen’s children were crying and Horseman told her partner – who was cleaning his rifle – to ‘shoot Harry just to frighten him, shut him up, shoot it at Harry’, it is alleged.

Father-of-two Walters thought the weapon was empty so ‘aimed the gun at Harry and fired it right into Harry’s head’, the jury was told.

The bullet penetrated the toddler’s skull and emergency surgery saved his life but ‘it’s not possible to say if he will make a full recovery’, the court heard.

Walters, 24, pleaded guilty to GBH last year, but Horseman, also 24, denied the same charge by aiding and abetting him, and her trial started on Monday.

Opening the case at Bristol Crown Court, prosecutor Andrew Macfarlane, said: ‘The circumstances of this case are both simple and horrifying.

‘Parents in a block of flats in Bristol meet up on one Friday afternoon with their children and within an hour a baby is fighting for his life on his way to hospital.’

He added: ‘While the boys were upset Amy heard Emma say ‘Oh Amy how do you cope with them crying all the time?’

‘She replied ‘easy you just give them attention. You’ve just go to do it’.

‘In fact it was just seconds later while Harry was still crying that Amy heard Emma say ‘shoot Harry just to frighten him, shut him up, shoot it at Harry’.

‘Then Amy heard the sound of a gun firing.

It appeared to Amy that Jordan had aimed the gun at Harry and fired it right into Harry’s head, which is indeed what happened as you will hear.’

Neighbours and college friends Miss Allen and Horseman were meeting in the defendant’s flat to discuss a ‘lending club’ when the incident happened on July 1.

Miss Allen brought sons Harry and Riley to the flat in Hartcliffe, Bristol, where Horseman lived with Walters and their sons, then aged two and two-months-old.

She watched as Walters took the air rifle – used for shooting rabbits – out of a kitchen cupboard and clean it in front of the children, it was heard.

Mr Macfarlane told the jury Miss Allen was attending to Riley, who was upset, when her youngest Harry started to cry because ‘he wanted mummy too’.

The prosecution allege Horseman told Walters to shoot the boy – both thinking the gun was unloaded.

Describing the aftermath of the shooting, Mr Macfarlane added: ‘Amy picked him up in her arms.

‘Blood was gushing out of Harry’s head – down and down Amy’s arms. He was in and out of consciousness.’

The pellet – which is still inside his head – caused his brain to become ‘extremely swollen’ and he had emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, the jury was told.

Reading from a statement by neurosurgeon Mike Carter, prosecutor Andrew Macfarlane said Harry initially suffered ‘significant weakness’ in his left leg and arm.

He said Harry had to have another operation three months later to replace a ‘bone flap’ removed to ease the swelling.

The court heard Harry suffers several seizures a day and might need a tube to drain fluid away and a splint on his leg.

Mr Macfarlane said: ‘The major ongoing issue is post-traumatic seizures. He’s having several a day.’

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  • What the? Oh my gosh what a sick lunatic. He should be locked up for good and I hope the little one makes a quick recovery.

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  • I can’t believe anyone would be so stupid as to do this, or to think it would quiet a child anyway.

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  • A very stupid man indeed! Hope the little one is okay.

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  • Some people should never be allowed near children.

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  • I know how this mother feels. My ex husband had a fasination for guns and would shoot mice in the back yard until one day the bullet ricoshade into my 3 year old’s ankle. We took her to hospital to have the bullet removed and she spent a week in hospital. I was so angry with him and there were a lot of questions asked. All guns should be locked away and the ammo in another place and NEVER try to use them when children are around. My prayers go out to the hole family, esp. the child. God please heal her soon

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  • At some point they might be able to remove the pellet. It may be that it is causing poisoning or if it is in the wrong position could be contributing to the severeness of the seizures. I am very surprised they haven’t already put a tube in to drain the fluid. In some cases the fluid is drained into the chest cavity. I know a boy who had one as he was born with a neurological condition which caused fluid in his brain.

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  • OMG! What is wrong with these people? Should both be charged as she is just as culpable as him. Really hope that the child makes a good recovery.

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  • Mums have given good responses as usual and I don’t need to add what I feel should happen to these brain dead morons.
    Praying all will be well for this poor little chap.

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  • I hope they both get time in prision 4 shooting this poor little boy thats my opinion
    sam1949@rogers.com

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  • What a terrible and irresponsible thing to do! What goes through people’s heads! I hope he at the very least has to pay restitution for all the costs of the boy’s care even for the rest of his life if need be. Poor little guy!

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  • Who in the world is pointing a gun to a child or to anybody just to silence them ??
    And this woman Emma encouraged her partner Jordan to do so ?
    You would assume that mother Amy with her two young kids was friends with this couple Jordan Walters and Emma Horseman. What type of friends were these people doing things like this ?!!

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  • What is wrong with that woman to tell her partner to shoot the boy even if they did think the gun wasn’t loaded. That’s only going to teach the boy that it’s okay to aim guns at people. I pray that Harry will make a full recovery. As for the couple I hope they both get jail and have to pay for all of the medical and psychological bills for Harry. Get well soon Harry.

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  • This just so awful for the child and an horrific act. The poor little child – this is an unimaginable horror for him.

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  • number 1 -why the hell would you aim a gun at a child
    number 2- why wouldn’t you have double checked the gun was empty??
    My opinion is this was done on purpose not to frighten the child. Disgusting behaviour, lock the idiot up for life

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  • Are you kidding me?! How brain dead is this man?!?! Hope the little fella is fully recovered

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