NH girl, 2, shot in leg, bullet came from downstairs apartment

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) Police in New Hampshire say a man accused of firing a shot from his gun that injured a 2-year-old girl in an upstairs apartment told an officer he thought someone was in his bedroom.

Police arrested 51-year-old Timothy Hale in Newport on charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and second-degree assault. He faced arraignment Monday; it wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

The girl was in stable condition at a hospital.

Police Chief James Burroughs said the girl was found inside the second-floor apartment with a gunshot injury to her right leg late Sunday. Their investigation showed a 12-gauge shotgun round was discharged from Hale's first-floor bedroom through the ceiling.

A police affidavit said Hale thought someone was in his room. He also said he had been drinking earlier.

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