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Four-year-old KC girl dies after being shot by 6-year-old boy

Updated: 2013-01-23T06:11:46Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

A 4-year-old Kansas City girl shot in the head earlier this month by another child who found a gun on a chair has died, police said Tuesday.

Trinity Ross, who turned 4 just three days before the shooting, was declared brain dead last week, police said. She later was removed from a ventilator.

Police were called to the girl’s home in the 10500 block of Monroe Avenue just before noon Jan. 10. Officers found Trinity lying on her back on the living room floor near the television with a gunshot wound to her forehead. Two relatives, boys ages 5 and 6, were standing in the corner of the living room.

A 58-year-old woman who lives at the home said Trinity is her husband’s daughter. The girl had just gotten out of the Freda Markley Early Childhood Center at 11:30 a.m. The woman was watching the three kids. She left them in the living room while she went outside to get something from her car, police said. She heard a gunshot, ran back inside and found Trinity wounded.

The woman put the gun on the TV and called police. She pressed a cloth to Trinity’s forehead to try to stop the bleeding while waiting for an ambulance.

Police determined that the older boy apparently found the five-shot revolver under a jacket on a chair and fired it. The woman told police she didn’t know the gun was there. She said the gun belonged to a relative of the boys.

The staff at Freda Markley took Trinity’s death very hard, a school official said. Staff members had just celebrated her birthday and knew at least one of the boys from the early childhood program.

Police were assembling the necessary reports to give to prosecutors, who will decide whether to file criminal charges against any adults.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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