A common Christmas gift given to one child caused a life-threatening injury to another.
A 9-year-old girl is receiving care for a serious brain injury after she was shot in the head by an arrow.
Sara Charles was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where doctors said the arrow punctured the girl's temple, penetrated her brain and went all the way through.
She remains in critical condition, and family and friends are praying for her recovery as investigators share her story in hopes that it doesn't happen to anyone else.
The young girl had only been in town for two hours before the accident. She was visiting from Ohio with her sister and grandparents for a post-Christmas trip.
One of the first things on her agenda, of course, was playing with new presents. But one of them - a bow and arrow - became very dangerous.
"Just in a split second, a child can be injured," said Macon Co. Sheriff Mark Gammons.
Sara and two other children were playing with the bow just outside a Westmoreland barn, using bails of hay for targets.
However, when Sara ran to retrieve one of the arrows, she ended up in the direct path of another.
It struck her head and penetrated her brain.
"It's just one of those unexplainable things that, 'how did this happen,' you know. It's just a tragedy," said family member Pam Hall.
Investigators say an adult was nearby and the family then rushed the girl to a nearby clinic before LifeFlight transported her to Vanderbilt.
Now, her mother and grandparents are holding vigil by her side.
"We just pray that she'll be OK," Hall said.
Friends and family are also sending out thoughts and prayers online, and the sheriff hopes this kind of tragedy will never happen again.
"We're all concerned nowadays about guns, but you can get hurt or injured or even killed by any type of object if you're not paying attention to what you're doing," he said. "This is the first time for me. I hope it's the last time."
The sheriff said the little girl was moving her hands and feet at the doctors' request Wednesday morning. They are hoping that is a good sign that she'll be able to recover.
Copyright WSMV 2013 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. Mobile user? Click here: Wasp nest built on window What would you do if you saw this on your window? It's like somethingMore >>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped. Here's what's trending today.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:48 GMT
(WMC) - A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of this 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility. The teen, whoMore >>
A teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 10-year-old sister will serve several years in a Tennessee Department of Corrections Youth Facility.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:39:25 GMT
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death.More >>
Horrific details of a southern Indiana homicide were released Monday, including allegations that Joseph Oberhansley ate portions of Tammy Jo Blanton's brain, heart and lungs after stabbing her to death. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:43:41 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
The cause of death for the Lincoln Co. mother and son is still unknown. An update is provided.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:37:13 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201