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Woman Stable after Hunting Accident

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IDAHO FALLS • The daughter of a Cassia County magistrate judge is doing well after an accidental shooting.

Hailey Hodges is the oldest daughter of Cassia County 5th District Magistrate Judge Mick Hodges.

Authorities say Hailey Hodges’ husband, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, shot Hodges accidentally with a rifle following a day of hunting.

Ian Malepeai is one of three children of Idaho Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai of Pocatello, who is retiring from the Legislature this year.

According to sheriff’s reports, Malepeai was removing a 7 mm rifle from his pickup truck just after 7 p.m. when it discharged, sending a bullet into Hailey Hodges’ buttocks.

Bonneville County sheriff’s deputies say Hailey Hodges was transported to a hospital in the region.

She’s reported in stable condition.

Judge Hodges said he spoke to his daughter, a Twin Falls High School graduate, and she was doing well and was making jokes about the incident soon afterward.

“She is doing well and thanks everyone for their prayers,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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