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Bullet that killed girl,4, came from unsecured gun

Palm Beach County Sheriff officers finish stringing crime scene tape around the house where a four year-old girl was shot on Feb. 13, 2014 in Lake Worth.
Palm Beach County Sheriff officers finish stringing crime scene tape around the house where a four year-old girl was shot on Feb. 13, 2014 in Lake Worth.
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Updated: 2/14 2:39 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The shot that killed a 4-year-old girl Thursday night came from a gun that was unsecured in the home, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Barbera, the father and the girl were the only two in the house.

“It appears to be a tragic accident,” Barbera said.

Barbera confirmed the house was occupied by a husband and wife, the 4-year-old girl and another 8-month-old child.

Barbera said in cases like these there could be charges filed because Florida statute says weapons in homes are required to be secure. Circumstances surrounding the shooting weren’t immediately clear, including how the girl came in contact with the gun.

The girl’s aunt, Mandie Chambers, said she did not want to make any statement at this time.

The girl had been flown to Delray Medical Center in critical condition around 5:30 p.m., shortly after the shooting.

The shooting shook residents near the site of the incident, a neighborhood of small single-family homes in the 1000 block of North O Street, just west of Lake Worth Golf Course and near its intersection with 10th Avenue North.

One neighbor said a young couple moved into the home less than a year ago and that she often saw a man and the girl playing outside.

“I’m devastated. I remember the little girl,” said the neighbor, Carmen Santiago. “She was wearing little princess clothes and I made a comment about how cute she looked.

“I’m so sorry that that happened to that baby.”

Another neighbor, Kelli Miller, said the girl loved to play outdoors, with her mother watching nearby.

Miller described the child as “a real sweet little girl. It’s so sad.”
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coliebug 85 - 2/15/2014 11:09 AM
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It's a really sad that this family has lost their little princess and the 8 moth old lost the big sister.I feel really bad that this has happened.Now the family has to plan a funeral for the little girl instead of planning for a birthday party.I wish they could back in time and save this little ANGEL.TO me no charges should go against the DAD or MOM.Sometimes in life things can't be prevented.Yeah it happened and now let the family grieve over their loss and lay the little ANGEL to rest.Give them space so that they can spend time with the other family members in the family.You can't put pressure on a family that has a little child.It will take to heal and the let the little 8 month old know what a great big sister that he or she is going miss out on.Don't KEEP that from the little one.It's hard put I pray this family will find the comfort to always talk about the little ANGEL they have lost.And pray that the family moves past this sad accident.My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.And please remember she is now YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL ABOVE ALL OF YOU.SHE WILL KEEP Y'ALL SAFE AND WATCH OVER HER LITTLE BROTHER OR SISTER.SHE WILL ALWAYS BE ABOVE IN HEAVEN LOOKING DOWN AT Y'ALL AND THAT'S MY FAMILY.REST IN PEACE LITTLE ANGEL;)KEEP SMILING YOUR WITH THE ANGELS NOW.
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