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article image5-year-old fatally shoots 2-year-old sister with .22 rifle gift

By JohnThomas Didymus     May 1, 2013 in Lifestyle
Burkesville - Police in Cumberland County, Ohio, say a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister while playing with a .22 caliber rifle he received as a birthday gift a year ago.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the police in Kentucky said the girl, Caroline Starks, was shot around 1p.m. CDT on Tuesday in Burkesville. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The family said the gun had been left in a corner for some time and the parents did not know it was loaded.
Cumberland County Coroner, Gay White, said: "It's a Crickett. It's a little rifle for a kid. The little boy's used to shooting the little gun." He added: "Just one of those crazy accidents."
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, The Herald-Leader reports.
Crickett .22 rifles are manufactured by Pennsylvania-based Keystone Sporting Arms, LLC which markets the product as "My First Rifle."
According to the Daily Mail, the company states on its website that "The goal of KSA is to instill gun safety in the minds of youth shooters and encourage them to gain the knowledge and respect that hunting and shooting activities require and deserve."
Gawker reports that "the crazy accident" is the third incident of its kind in the US this month. Digital Journal reported earlier this month that a four-year-old shot and killed a deputy's wife with a handgun. A day after, a two-year-old shot his mother with a 9mm Glock. A four-year-old also killed a six-year-old with a shot to the head, Gawker reports.
Burkesville is a small town with a population of just under 1,800, located in foothills of Appalachia.
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