Newton County authorities say a 3-year-old southwest Missouri girl died after being shot in the head at her home.
Sheriff Ken Copeland said Tuesday that Miranda Doerr died in the shooting in rural Newton County. He said the death is currently being investigated as an accident.
Copeland said emergency responders went to the Bykota Mobile Home Park Monday morning after a report that a child was not breathing. Miranda was taken to a Joplin hospital, where she died.
A 6-year-old boy who lived at the home was taken into state protective custody. The children's mother was home at the time but was in another part of the home.
The Joplin Globe reports Copeland said the children had access to a loaded handgun but he could not say what happened.