User:Ajp491/Five-year-old boy shoots two-year-old sister in Kentucky

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

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A 5-year-old boy shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in southern Kentucky while playing unattended with a gun that he received as a gift.

The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon, as 5-year-old Kristen and 2-year-old Caroline were playing on their porch while the children’s mother, Stephanie Sparks, was inside cleaning the house.

According to the Stephanie, she had been gone for ‘no more than three minutes’ when the shots were heard, Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told WKYT News.

The .22 calibre rifle was apparently kept in a corner of the home, with the family not knowing there was a bullet in it.

The rifle, called a 'Crickett', manufactured by Keystone Sporting Arms, is marketed for children under the slogan 'my first rifle'.

The company’s website also provides a kids corner with the statement they make 'quality firearms for America's youth'.

"It's a little rifle for a kid... The little boy's used to shooting the little gun," White told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"In this part of the country, it's not uncommon for a five-year-old to have a gun or for a parent to pass one down to their kid," Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory told CNN.

"It's just one of those nightmares - a quick thing that happens when you turn your back."

This shooting follows two incidents last month, one where a 6-year-old boy accidentally shot his cousin in Saucier, and another where a 4-year-old shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor in New Jersey.


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