Prosecutor declines charges after 4-year-old shot in head - KCTV5 News


Prosecutor not filing charges in accidental shooting death of girl, 4

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No criminal charges will be filed in the death of a 4-year-old Kansas City girl who was accidentally shot in the head, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Wednesday.

Trinity Ross was shot at a home near 105th Terrace and Monroe Avenue in south Kansas City the morning of Jan. 10. She died days later at an area hospital.

"There is insufficient evidence to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed by a suspect in this case," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. "In the interest of justice, criminal charges are being declined."

Police said the girl's father told them he owned the gun and forgot that he left it in the living room. He was not home at the time of the incident. His wife was not aware the gun was left on a chair when she left the room.

According to police, another child found the gun and pulled the trigger. The girl's stepmother heard the gunshot and ran back into the room, finding the little girl injured.

Baker noted that each case turns on its own unique set of facts.

"Here, the evidence suggested that the suspect normally kept the gun on his person or in a gun safe, and there is no indication the gun would have been readily visible to the children or that they even would have known that a gun was kept at the residence," Baker said.

Baker said the case was an unfortunate tragedy.

"(It) should serve as a reminder to everyone to practice responsible gun ownership and to always secure their weapons in a safe location," she said.

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