LEBANON, Ind. — The four-year-old girl accidentally shot by her three-year-old brother in Lebanon last week has died.
Lebanon police Sgt. Ben Phleps confirmed Izabella-Marie Helem’s death this afternoon. She died at Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis.
The shooting happened last Thursday while the children were in the care of their grandparents at their home in Lebanon.
Investigators said the little boy got a hold of a handgun “left unsecured in the residence.”
“In cases like this, it’s a toy to a young child,” Phelps said. “He did what any three-year-old would do, he saw something he probably had never seen before and he was messing with it.”
The curious little boy pulled the trigger shooting his older sister in the head. Doctors said her injuries were not survivable and her family chose to take her off life support. Izabella was pronounced dead after her organs were donated.
Phelps said the investigation is just about over and will turn all findings over to the Boone County prosecutors office. It will be up to them to file charges in the case, if any are appropriate.
Lebanon police officers are encouraging you to always safely store you guns out of the reach of children. If you live in Lebanon, Sgt. Phelps said they have free gun trigger locks at their station in an effort to help you keep your gun safely stored in your home.
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