Death of 3-year-old Missouri girl ruled accidental
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ A coroner has ruled the shooting death of a 3-year-old Joplin girl was an accident.
Newton County coroner Mark Bridges says Miranda Doerr was shot by someone Monday at her home east of Joplin.
Her 6-year-old brother was in the room with her but Bridges told The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/SfmFIm ) that he can’t say definitively who shot the girl. He says he can only rule that she did not shoot herself.
Sheriff Ken Copeland says a loaded handgun was in the room where the children were playing. The mother was home but in another part of the residence.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com