April 30, 2013

Kentucky Girl Accidentally Shot by Brother

In a tragic accident, a 2-year-old girl girl from southern Kentucky was accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother with a .22-caliber rifle. He reportedly had received the rifle as a gift and was playing with it when it accidentally went off.

The .22 rifle was one made for youths, and the boy was allegedly used to handling the gun.

Apparently a round was left in the gun that wasn't known about, resulting in the death of the little girl. That points to the fact the youth wasn't used to handling the gun properly, as checking for rounds left in a gun is one of the first things one learns.

Also a bad practice was the leaving of a real gun in a corner that can be accessed by simply grabbing it; especially when children are around. It also points to irresponsibility on the part of a parent, who can't rely on a 5-year-old to remember to check if there are any shells left in a gun.

Sadly for the little girl, she was the victim of these lapses.

According to Cumberland County Coroner Gary White, the shooting will be ruled as accidental.

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