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(Orleans Parish Sharif’s Office Via The Advocate)

A 4-year-old girl found a loaded gun in her home in New Orleans and accidentally shot herself in the stomach. Her mother, Keviyon Kelley, 27, was arrested and faces one count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, reports The Advocate.

Kelley reportedly told police that she had fallen asleep but was awakened by the sound of a gunshot. After realizing her daughter had shot herself in the stomach, Kelley called her mother and then 911 the Advocate reports.

The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment.

WWL-TV spoke with a neighbor who recalled breaking into tears upon seeing the wounded girl being carried out of her home.

Another neighbor told the station she understood having a gun in one’s home for self-defense but believed it is crucial to safely stow it.

“When you know you have young children in the house, you have to keep these things secure,” the woman told the station. “It’s very important.”

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6 thoughts on “Mother Arrested After 4-Year-Old Child Shoots Herself In Stomach

  1. Christianforreal on said:

    Or Kates, having it in a lock box in the back of the attic!!! When that intruder comes he/she is not going to wait until you get ready for the gun battle. I agree if you can’t keep it in a place that leaves it accessible without leaving it eposed to young children, then yes, you need an alternative. Little children shouldn’t be able to get a hold of it. Now, there are many parents who have taught their small children how to handle and properly use a firearm> Kudos to them

  2. What is it that parents don’t understand about having guns in the home????
    REMOVE THE DAMN CLIP or HIDE the BULLETS–that way if your child or any child
    finds the weapon, NO HARM can be done!!!!!!

    I hope the little four year old girl recovers from her self-inflicted injury.

    • Remove the clip, hide the bullets and when confronted with an intruder ask to be excused so you can retrieve your gun, remember where you hid the bullets, load the gun, then aim and shoot before he kills you and your kid. I’ve never understood the logic behind having an unloaded gun for protection. If you have children in the house, and can’t figure out how to keep them from finding your firearm, buy a baseball bat.

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