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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 3:17 pm | Updated: 4:14 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2013.

Killeen police have arrested and charged the father of a 2-year-old child shot in an accidental shooting May 31.

Stephan Lemar Hicks, 24, turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest Thursday on a charge of making a firearm accessible to a child, a misdemeanor.

Hicks remains in Killeen City Jail. He will be arraigned Friday with bond suggested at $5,000.

The child suffered serious injury after being shot with a .40-caliber pistol left loaded and within reach, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said. It was unclear whether the 2-year-old girl shot herself or was shot by her 3-year-old brother who also handled the weapon.

The girl is still in Scott & White Hospital in Temple. "She's going to be OK, but she has some pretty bad injuries," Smith said.

At night, Hicks would leave the weapon accessible to him, according to police. In the morning, he would typically place it in a secured place in his home located in the 1700 block of North 24th Street.

However, on the day of the shooting, he forgot to replace the weapon, Smith said.

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