Police: 5-year-old girl fatally shot inside Muncie home
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested a Muncie couple after their 5-year-old daughter was fatally shot by her 6-year-old brother death in their home.
Jacob Grayson, 28, and Kimberly Grayson, 27, were preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and three other counts of neglect, The Star Press reported.
First responders sent to the home at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday found the 5-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head.
The child was taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Jacob Grayson told investigators his 6-year-old son had removed a loaded handgun from a safe and shot his sister, police said.
The boy told police he removed the gun from a safe in his parents’ bedroom while his mother napped. He said he had found a key needed to open the safe.
Kimberly Grayson told police her son had opened the safe before. She also said she and her husband had taken the boy to a shooting range and tried to teach him how to fire a handgun.
Jacob Grayson told investigators the safe contained two loaded handguns.