CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha Sheriff's Department is investigating after a St. Albans mother who was outside with her son was shot in the back of the head with a pellet from an air-style rifle.
About 8 p.m. Monday, Sgt. B.E. Borchers was dispatched to the emergency room of Charleston Area Medical Center's Memorial Hospital, where Brittany Huddleston, 23, had walked in with a small wound to the back of her head.
Huddleston said she was outside tending to her child at the Riverfront Mobile Home Park in St. Albans when she felt something strike the back of her head.
She originally believed a rock had struck her, but then discovered her head was bleeding and a small object was lodged under the skin, according to a news release from Capt. Sean Crosier.
Family members took Huddleston to the hospital, where the object was removed and found to be a pellet.
Crosier said Huddleston did not hear gunshots or notice other pellets striking close by her or her 6-year-old son.
An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation at 304-357-0169 and ask to speak with Detective B.K. Carper.