Bullet enters children’s bedroom of San Carlos Park home

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SAN CARLOS PARK, Fla. — A desire to get a better view of New Year’s Eve fireworks may have saved the life of a 4-year-old girl and her mother.

A bullet went through the girl’s bedroom window Saturday night, just moments after her mother took her outside their San Carlos Park home.

“Her head was probably right here in the corner of the window,” mother Stephanie Monteverde said, “… just feet away from something crazy happening.”

The room also belongs to Monteverde’s 2-year-old son. The bullet left holes in the window and in a wall and broken glass on a bed and the windowsill. It traveled into a bathroom and broke a light fixture, Monteverde said.

“It’s pretty crazy that a stray bullet just comes out of nowhere and goes into somebody’s house,” she said.

Monteverde initially thought the sound of the gunfire was fireworks and didn’t discover what happened until Sunday morning.

I never would have that it was a bullet that came into my house, never in a million years,” she said. “I wake up, check it out, and I have a bullet hole in my window, and then I look and there’s a bullet in my wall across the room so, it’s pretty scary.”

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies told her they’re not optimistic about finding out who fired the bullet, Monteverde said. But, she hopes it serves as a warning to people who might be tempted to take their revelry a step too far.

“People should really wake up, because it might not do anything but damage a window this time, but the next time it could kill a 4-year-old or 2-year-old,” Monteverde said.

Homes in Lehigh Acres and Bonita Springs were also hit by gunfire over the holiday weekend.

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