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Mother faces murder charge after 4-year-old finds gun, shoots self along I-85, police say

Officers said she was found in the backseat of a car.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The mother of a 4-year-old girl that was found shot and killed inside a car on the highway in Atlanta went before courts on Tuesday. 

Kealin Lewis was charged with cruelty to children in the second degree and murder in the second degree. The courts did not say how they decided the charges or provide any further details on the case. 

Credit: DeKalb County

Officers said they received a call on Sunday that someone was shot at 7:38 p.m. on Interstate 85 northbound at North Druid Hills Road. A girl was found dead in the back seat of a car with a single gunshot wound, the department said. 

After their investigation, police said they believe the girl found the 26-year-old mother's gun in the backseat and fired it, striking herself. The mother was arrested and charged with cruelty to children and is being held at the DeKalb County Jail.

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