5-year-old girl in New Orleans dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

5-year-old girl in New Orleans dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound
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POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 12:33pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 4:35pm

A 5-year-old girl in New Orleans died Sunday after, police believe, she accidentally shot herself in the head.

The girl's mother faces a second-degree murder charge, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement.

Officers responded to a report of a child shot late Sunday morning. They found the girl in a bedroom, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was transferred to a hospital but later died from her injury.

"A preliminary investigation indicates the child was home alone and had somehow come into contact with a .38 revolver and accidentally shot herself in the head," police said in their statement.

They said the mother told them she locked her daughter in the home while she went to the store. Upon her return, she found the girl in the bedroom with the gunshot wound.

The gun was recovered.

Police have not released the girl's name, pending notification of family members.
 

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Sad that the mother left the gun where she could get it. Here in Texas we also have a law against that.

What I wonder about is, how come we have no law against letting kids like that near back yard swimming pools? After all, more drown each year in such swimming pools than are killed accidentally with guns.

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