Two people have been charged with grievous bodily harm after a 1-year-old was shot in the head in Bristol.
Harry Studley remains in a critical condition at Bristol Children's hospital after being shot with an air rifle in the Hartcliffe area of the city on Friday 1 July.
Jordan Walters, 24, and Emma Jane Horseman, 23, have been charged with inflicting the head injury, Avon and Somerset police said on Sunday.
Police confirmed that Walters and Horseman are not related to the child.
Detective Inspector Jonathan Deane said that forensic officers at the scene are working to unravel the circumstances leading to Harry's injury, and thanked the local community for assisting with their inquiries.
The 1-year-old's parents, Amy Allen and Edward Studley, also thanked their community, as well as friends and family for their support during this difficult time.
“We are concentrating our focus on our son Harry’s recovery and would appreciate if we could have our privacy respected in order to allow us to do so,” they said in a joint statement, released via police.
In a second statement, released after the suspects were named and charged, Allen and Studley reiterated their message.
“Harry is still very poorly and we would reiterate that our request for privacy be respected as we and our family come to terms with what has happened,” they said.
Police added that the young boy "remains critically ill".
Walters and Horseman have been remanded in custody and will appear before Bristol magistrates’ court on Monday 4 July.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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