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Chicago girl, 4, shot by hidden gun while jumping on the bed

Charges have been filed against the boyfriend of the girl's mother; girl hospitalized in good condition.
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A 4-year-old Chicago girl is hospitalized after she was shot in the ankle by a gun hidden between two mattresses while jumping on the bed. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

A 4-year-old Chicago girl was shot in the ankle after a gun stored in between two mattresses went off as she was jumping on the bed.

Jarquise Upton, 21, was charged Sunday with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, ammunition possession and theft of mislaid property after the Saturday morning incident, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He was ordered held on $100,000 bond Monday. His next court appearance is April 2, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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Upton, the boyfriend of the girl's mother, told police he kept the gun for "protection from my girl's baby daddy, who messes with me," the Tribune reported.

The girl was in good condition at a local hospital, The Associated Press reported.

She had apparently been jumping on the couple's bed at about 12:20 a.m. when the gun -- a 22-calibre Smith & Wesson automatic pistol -- discharged a bullet into her ankle, according to the Tribune.

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