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Chicago mom charged after 5-year-old daughter shoots herself

This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Larrinita Starks, who has been charged with child endangerment after her 5-year-old daughter accidentally shot and wounded herself in the abdomen with a handgun that she found in her Stark's purse Tuesday night, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chicago Police department via AP)

This booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Larrinita Starks, who has been charged with child endangerment after her 5-year-old daughter accidentally shot and wounded herself in the abdomen with a handgun that she found in her Stark's purse Tuesday night, Jan. 17, 2017. (Chicago Police department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police say a 5-year-old Chicago girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in the abdomen with a handgun that she found in her mother's purse.

Chicago police said Wednesday that the girl's mother, 22-year-old Larrinita Starks, has been charged with child endangerment.

The shooting happened Tuesday night in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the city's West Side. Police say the girl got the gun from her mother's purse in a bedroom.

Starks is due in court March 16. She does not have a listed phone number and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Police say the injured girl is in serious condition. Her grandmother, Oretha Miller, says the child is stable and recovering.