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05/09/2013 11:23 am ET Updated May 10, 2013

Mom Goes To WebMD Instead Of Hospital After Son Is Shot: Cops

A Texas mother allegedly waited for hours after her son had been shot before taking him to a hospital, consulting WebMD for advice on how to treat gunshot wounds instead.

Police say the 14-year-old was shot in the leg around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday by Pete Jesse Rodriguez, a friend who lived in the Santa Fe home, KTRK reported. Rodriguez, 23, was allegedly playing with a pistol and pointed it at the 14-year-old, tracking him as he moved before pulling the trigger and shooting him in the thigh.

The alleged shooting was caught on tape by a surveillance video system inside the home, according to KHOU.

According to investigators, the teen's mother, whose name has not been released, looked up gunshots on Web MD before deciding to take the boy to the hospital about seven hours later, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The boy is in stable condition at the hospital.

Web MD seems to have little information that specifically addresses the treatment of gunshot wounds. A search for "gunshot" brings up the site's "Neck Pain" section, while a search for "gunshot wound" directs readers to the "Puncture Wounds" page, which does not explicitly mention bullet wounds.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged with one count of injury to a child with intent to commit serious bodily injury. Officials say the mother will also be charged with injury to a child by omission.

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