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Death of 3-year-old Missouri girl ruled accidental

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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.
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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

4 comments

  • rose

    The gun should have been secured and out of reach and sight, of the children, and in a room children do not play in. This is an irresponsible parent and her child lost her life because of it.

  • Groovy Chick

    It is a no-brainer to put a deadly weapon away in a safe place when there are small, or even big children present. But I forgot some people got no brains.

  • james

    any good mother would of NEVER let a child play alone in a room with a loaded gun, very irresponsible mother. my prayers goes out to the family and mother though because she will have to live with this the rest of her life.

  • reba

    A father accidentally forgets son in car and is charged with murder. A mom leaves loaded weapon in easy access to children playing, no proof of who shot the child, and no repercussions! Hmmmm….double standards?

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