Six Year Old Georgia Girl Finds Gun, Fatally Shoots Herself
The life of a six-year-old Georgia child was ended far too soon when she found a loaded gun in the cushions of her couch and fatally shot herself. Police report that they arrived at the home of the girl's father to find her dead and the father gone. Authorities report that the 25 year old father briefly fled the apartment, and then returned to speak to police. The father has been arrested for reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter. The little girl's mother is devastated. She was not at the apartment when her daughter died. Apparently, at the time of the accident, another adult and four other children were present. It is unclear precisely what happened in the moments leading up to the first grader's death, but the young girl was apparently playing in the living room when she felt a gun between the cushions. Her child's natural curiosity led to the fatal, tragic shot.
According to the Washington Post report, this young girl is the third Georgia child to be killed in an accidental shooting in the month of November. A two year old accidently shot and killed himself with a gun belonging to his mother's boyfriend. Less than three weeks before that, another two year old in Acworth died after accidently shooting himself with a handgun that had been left on a bed.
Liability for Gun Accidents and Injuries
Many believe that when a young child has access to a gun and shoots him or herself, it is not an accident, it is negligence. According to the Centers for Disease Control's WONDER Database, at least 69 children under the age of 15 died from accidental gun shots in the past two years. Some believe this figure is actually far higher. The vast majority of these accidental shootings could have been prevented if the guns had been stored locked and unloaded.
In some states, parents can be legally and financially responsible for the actions of their children. Parents who fail to effectively secure firearms out of reach of their children might be deemed negligent. In the unfortunate event that a child obtains a firearm and discharges it, causing injury or death, the injured victim or family can file suit against the parents in civil court. The parents can also even face criminal charges.
Accidental shooting deaths are tragic and preventable. Parents should take steps to ensure their children cannot reach firearms stored in the home. Parents should also consider installing trigger locks, storing guns unloaded, and taking other steps that could prevent accidental shootings.
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