Sheriff: 3-Year-Old Girl Found Gun, Shot Self
STELLA, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a 3-year-old southwest Missouri girl died after she found a loaded handgun and shot herself.
The authorities say Maycen A. Coberley found the handgun Saturday inside her family's home in northern McDonald County. She was pronounced dead at a Joplin hospital.
McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson says investigators have determined no foul play was involved and all indications are that the girl shot herself with the 9 mm pistol.
Evenson says the gun apparently was in the bedroom where the girl was supposed to be napping. He said the gun belonged to the parents.
The Joplin Globe reports that a funeral will be Thursday in Granby.
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