- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - A coroner has ruled the shooting death of a 3-year-old Joplin girl was an accident.

Newton County coroner Mark Bridges says Miranda Doerr was shot by someone Monday at her home east of Joplin.

Her 6-year-old brother was in the room with her but Bridges told The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/SfmFIm ) that he can’t say definitively who shot the girl. He says he can only rule that she did not shoot herself.

Sheriff Ken Copeland says a loaded handgun was in the room where the children were playing. The mother was home but in another part of the residence.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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