3-year-old Missouri girl dies after shooting herself

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | 9:23 a.m. CDT

STELLA — Authorities said a 3-year-old southwest Missouri girl died after she found a loaded handgun and shot herself.

The authorities said Maycen A. Coberley found the handgun Saturday inside her family's home in northern McDonald County. She was pronounced dead at a Joplin hospital.

McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson said investigators have determined no foul play was involved and all indications are that the girl shot herself with the 9 mm pistol.

Evenson  said the gun apparently was in the bedroom where the girl was supposed to be napping. He said the gun belonged to the parents.

The Joplin Globe reported that a funeral will be Thursday in Granby.


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