The gun was lying un-supervised on the console of the car. The innocent child picked it up like any other object not realizing the danger.
A six-year-old girl from Georgia was the victim of a shooting accident this week. Her younger brother accidentally shot her in the head with a gun he found on the console of the family car. As per ScaryMommy, the incident happened in Paulding County, where the family stays. The four-year-old boy was sitting inside the family car while the girl, Millie Drew Kelly, was standing in the driveway of her home as they waited to go to the boy's baseball game.
6-year-old Millie Drew Kelly died this week days after her younger brother accidentally shot her. Her death comes weeks after 15-year-old Matthew Hubbard was accidentally shot & killed too. #MorningRushATL pic.twitter.com/PRTtpoDov8— Nick Sturdivant (@N_SturdivantTV) April 12, 2019
The car had failed to start and the mother had gotten down to check the car and figure out what the problem was. And that was when she heard the shot. The boy had gotten a hold of the gun inside the car and had accidentally fired it, shooting the girl in the head. According to The Independent, police received an emergency call to the scene in Laurelcrest Lane at around 5.45pm on Monday, 8 April. The girl was taken to the hospital immediately. However, she succumbed to her injuries two days later.
According to the statement from Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, "Detectives determined that the four-year-old male sibling retrieved a handgun from the console of the vehicle and accidentally discharged it, striking his six-year-old sister in the head."
The authorities have decided not to file charges for this case. Sheriff's Sgt. Ashley Henson told CNN, "It's just a really sad situation. Just based on all the evidence and the entire situation, we felt like charges were not warranted in this particular case." The County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said, “Our hearts break for this family and we hope God puts his healing hands around them during this difficult time."
A GoFundMe Page was set up to help her family. While the target of the campaign was $25,000, the crowd-funding endeavor has already raised $38,000. On 12 April, there was an update sharing that Millie Drew's organs were donated, “Millie Drew gave life today by donating her organs to continue to show the love of Jesus, whom she loved with everything that she had.”
Talking about gun safety, Sheriff Gary Gulledge said, “We want to remind everyone to keep their firearms unloaded and secured in an area away from children to ensure that this never happens again.”
Millie's case is one among the many accidental gun deaths that have been reported. As per a study conducted from 2012 to 2014, there are 5790 children, on average every year, that get medical treatment in emergency rooms for gun-related injuries. And a whopping 21% of those injuries are from accidents like this one.
According to USA Today, at least 73 children under age 12 were killed in 2018. And as per an investigation conducted jointly by the publication and Associated Press Investigation, of the 152 such deaths between 2014 and 2016, about half of them ended in a criminal charge. The charges were usually against the adults, who the police felt, should have watched over the children better and/or kept the guns more carefully.
With such overwhelming statistics, one wonders if certain laws should be changed within the country. Laws that jeopardize precious human life, especially innocent children's lives, in the name of protecting them.