A Texas woman was fatally shot in the head by an 8-year-old boy in Anderson County. Police are calling the latest child shooting a tragic accident.
Sheriff Greg Taylor said that around 4:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of County Road 1370. According to Taylor, an adult and a child were in a room while the adult cleaned his weapons. In another room was Carmen Danielle Morris.
Taylor said authorities believe the child picked up the rifle, it discharged, sending a bullet into the woman’s head through an open doorway.
The mother was only 23-years-old. Taylor said the boy was a relative of Morris’ husband but was not the couple’s child, according to the Associated Press.
Morris was transported via airlift to a hospital where she died Sunday from a single gunshot to the head.
The woman’s husband and three small children were at the residence at the time of the shooting.
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In 2015, at least 265 were accidentally shot by children under the age of 18. That is about five accidental shootings by children each week of last year.
Meanwhile in Tennessee, the House committee defeated a gun safety bill named after an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot by an 11-year-old boy after she and her sister refused to let the young neighbor see their puppies.
The bill, sposnored by Democratic Rep. Sherry Jones, would have made it a crime for an adult gun owner to recklessly leave a gun accessible to a child under age 13.
The Republican-controlled House Civil Justice committee on Tuesday voted 7-2 against the bill, according to the Associated Press.
Child shootings normally happen when kids find an unsecured weapon in the house. This should never happen but in Tennessee, irresponsible gun owners have just been given a pass.
According to a GoFundMe page which was created to financially assist Morris’ husband, she leaves behind two small children.
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