No charges in death of 4-year-old girl shot in head

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors will not file charges in the death of a four-year-old girl who was shot in the head inside her south Kansas City, Mo., home on Jan. 10.

“There is insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed by a suspect in this case,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. “In the interest of justice, criminal charges are being declined.”

Peters Baker added the incident was an “unfortunate tragedy” and should serve as a reminder for gun owners to secure their firearms at all times.

On the day of the shooting, the girl who had days earlier celebrated her fourth birthday, was found on the floor of the living room in her south Kansas City home, shot in the head. Two relatives, boys ages five and six, were in the home at the time of the shooting. The woman watching the children had left the home for a moment to retrieve something from the car when she heard a pop. When she returned, she found the girl suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The child’s father told police the handgun in the home was his and he had accidentally left it at the home in a jacket. He said he normally stores the gun in the safe and the children had never seen it before.

The girl was taken off life support and died Jan. 17.





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