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6 year old killed in shooting accident identified

10:48 PM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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MONROE, Ga. -- Monroe County officials have identified a 6-year-old girl shot to death in a shooting accident Monday.

She is Jenn Stanovich of Coventry, Conn., according to an incident report released by the sheriff's department.

The report says the accident happened inside a home at 6763 Highway 42 South.

The report does not identify the girl's 13-year-old brother, who reportedly shot the girl accidentally.

The shooting occurred just before midnight Monday after the boy shot at armadillos in the yard around the house.

Authorities say only one shot was fired from the weapon, a .22-caliber rifle. It was discharged inside the family's home.

According to the incident report, the brother told sheriff's officers that he had come back inside after hunting armadillos in the backyard. He went into the bedroom and attempted to clear and unload his rifle. The brother told officers that he believed that the rifle was unloaded and he placed it on the bed. He said he knocked the rifle onto the floor where it discharged. The bullet hit his sister who was talking to the boy in the doorway.

The bullet hit 6-year-old Jenn in the wrist and abdomen.

She was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where she passed away shortly thereafter.

Sheriff's investigators were immediately dispatched to the scene. Spokeswoman Allison Selman-Willis told 13WMAZ that they do not suspect foul play but that their investigation is continuing.

The girl's body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for autopsy.

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