BURKESVILLE, Ky. - A southern Kentucky coroner says a toddler has been accidentally shot and killed by her 5-year-old brother, who was playing with a rifle he received as a gift.
Kentucky State Police said the girl was shot just after 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday in Cumberland County and was taken to Cumberland County Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the children's mother was at home at the time.
White said the boy received the rifle made for youths last year and is used to shooting it. He said the gun was kept in a corner and the family didn't realize a shell was left inside it.
White said the shooting will be ruled accidental. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.