Six-year-old Missouri girl is accidentally shot in her head and killed by her brother, 12, while their parents were at a Christmas party
- Maliyah Palmer, six, was shot Friday night in the suburb Florissant in St. Louis
- Her brother had found a 9 mm pistol in the dresser in their parents' bedroom
- The children were under the supervision of their 16-year-old sister while their parents were at a party
- The police initially issued a press release stating that no charges will be filed
- Chief Timothy Lowery said Monday that the investigators will leave their findings to prosecutors, who will decide which charges, if any, are filed
Megan Sheets for Dailymail.com
A six-year-old girl was accidentally shot at their home by her brother and killed while their parents attended a Christmas party, the Missouri authorities say.
The police in the Florissant suburb in St. Louis says that Maliyah Palmer had been shot in the back of the head just before 11 o'clock in the afternoon after her 12-year-old brother found a 9 mm gun in a chest of drawers in the bedroom of their parents.
The first-grader later died in the hospital.
The children were under the supervision of their 16-year-old sister while their parents were at the party, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The six-year-old Maliyah Palmer was shot and killed in the back of her mind when her 12-year-old brother accidentally fired a pistol that, according to the authorities, she had found in their parents' bedroom in Florissant, Missouri. It is unclear whether any charges will be filed in the death of Maliyah
A first press release from the Florissant police reported that the shooting was a "tragic accident". was and that no indictment will be filed.
Chief Timothy Lowery, however, said that the release was premature and that researchers will leave their findings to prosecutors, as are standard procedures.
Prosecutors will then decide which charges, if any, will be filed.
The post-dispatch noted that parents were charged in similar cases in Missouri, where children shot someone after they found a gun that was not secure.
The charges against those guns include, among other things, endangering the well-being of a child, a crime punishable in Missouri with up to seven years' imprisonment and a fine of $ 5,000.
Lowery said Monday: "You could not have written a more tragic script, the whole thing is just so tragic and horrible, but we have to set aside our personal feelings and do the side of law enforcement."
He added: "All officers who responded to the scene are mothers and fathers, so you can only imagine how personal it is to see a child shooting in the back of his head.
We will have counselors here for a debriefing this week to ensure that the mental state of our officers is in order. & # 39;
The Palmer children were watched by their 16-year-old sister while their parents attended a Christmas party on Friday evening. On the photo: the house where the recordings took place
Maliyah was in the first class of the Green Trails Elementary School in Chesterfield.
The school brought in additional counselors on Monday mornings to help her classmates keep their heads above water, said a Parkway School District official.
Editor-in-chief Rene Sommers sent a letter to the parents on Sunday stating that the school is working with Annie & # 39; s Hope grief center.
& # 39; Our goal will be to keep the day and routine normal, & # 39; Sommers wrote in the letter.
We will share the news honestly and openly so that we can start understanding, processing, mourning and healing. & # 39;
This is the second incident in the St. Louis area where a young person accidentally fired his parents in a week.
On the 11th of December, in the neighboring Pagedale, a two-year-old boy found a 9mm pistol in his father's backpack and shot himself in the arm and his sleeping seven-year-old brother in the head with the same round.
Both children survived and researchers still have to determine whether costs will be charged in that case.