A teenager has admitted illegally possessing a gun which went off by accident, injuring a five-year-old boy.
18 year old Johnny Wilson was looking after the child and an eight-year-old at his home in Essex when the incident happened in November last year.
Basildon Crown Court heard that the children were playing a game of cops and robbers after finding the gun on Wilson's bed when the shot was fired.
Wilson, from Wickford, admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis on Friday, the court confirmed.
The child was seriously injured in his left eye and taken to Basildon Hospital before being transferred to the Royal London.
Wilson is due to be sentenced at a date in July.