9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot Dead by Younger Brother in Wisconsin

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 12, 2018US News
9-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot Dead by Younger Brother in Wisconsin
A rifle in a file photo. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A 9-year-old girl in Wisconsin died over the weekend after being shot by her younger brother.

The Milwaukee Police Department said in a statement that officers arrested the parents of Miyanna Jelks after she died from the gunshot wound.

The parents, a 29-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, who have not been named, were arrested on multiple charges.

“MPD will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days for review,” the department stated.

“Our preliminary investigation has revealed the victim’s minor brother accidentally shot her.”

The younger brother was taken to the Milwaukee County Children’s Court Center. His age and name have not been released.

The shooting happened in a home on the 4500 block of N. 38th Street around 12:10 p.m. on March 10.

Police officers blocked off the home for nearly five hours on Saturday to collect evidence, reported Fox6.

Neighbors expressed sadness and shock over the death of the girl.

“Oh my. So children playing with guns? That’s not good,” said neighbor Lachelle Dominec. “Parents—keep these guns away from the children. I’m keeping my babies next to me—very close. I cried all night and was so glad it was not my daughter.”

Family members and friends also mourned the death.

“I’m definitely going to miss her. I’m definitely not ready, you know—I’m not ready for this at all,” family friend Jay Jones told WIS-TV.

Jones said that the girl’s father has been in trouble with the law before, but he said that he doesn’t think the father knew there was a gun inside of the home.

Jones also said that seven children in total lived in the home with their parents.


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