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SEATTLE, WA (AP) - Authorities say a pregnant Seattle-area woman was shot in the face Saturday by her 4-year-old son after the boy found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress.

The King County Sheriff's Office says the 27-year-old mother is eight months pregnant and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Deputies say the boy's father put the gun under a mattress because he was afraid of recent crime in the neighborhood.

Under a new state law, gun owners could face criminal charges for not safely storing a gun.

It's unclear to whom the gun is registered.

KOMO-TV reports detectives will be looking into the case Monday to see if any charges will be filed.

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