The State Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville is expected to perform an autopsy Wednesday on a two-year old girl. Police say the toddler was shot by her five-year old brother.
The shooting happened on Tuesday afternoon inside a home on Lawson's Bottom Road, near Burkesville.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told WKYT that he was called to the hospital by emergency room doctors. White says the doctors worked on Caroline Starks for an hour to revive her, but were unsuccessful.
Police say the Stark's brother accidentally shot her with a rifle that was given to him as a gift and that it was kept in the corner of a room. According to police, the gun was loaded.
White says that the children's mother was home at the time of the accident.
"She was actually cleaning her house, and she had went out on the porch. She said no more than three minutes had went by and she actually heard the rifle go off. She ran back in and found the little girl," White said.
The coroner says that the boy is used to shooting the gun, and that the boy often goes shooting with his father on their property.
First off who the hell gives a 5 year old a real gun? 2nd how stupid can you get just leaving a loaded gun laying around in the first place?! My heart breaks for this 5 yr old child. He will forever have to live with the fact he killed his sister because he's parents were careless....
Do you think the parents should be charged?
Answer by DJDNY at 11:57 AM on May. 1, 2013
Answer by Dardenella at 12:09 PM on May. 1, 2013
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22-caliber rifle as a gift and is used to shooting it. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a shell was left inside it.
^^ This part of the article says a lot about how this happened.
Do I think they should be charged? With something, but not with homicide. And how do you punish the parents without it having a huge impact on the surviving child? I honestly don't know the right decision when it comes to this. How very sad for everyone involved.
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Neutral meeting place to exchange custody? Harmful to the child??