Sheriff: 3-Year-Old Girl Found Gun, Shot Self

7 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 25 2011 Oct 25, 2011 Tuesday, October 25, 2011 6:28:04 AM CDT October 25, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

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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