- Associated Press - Monday, March 2, 2020

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) - The father of a 7-year-old girl who was shot in her bedroom by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting said he wants an explanation for why someone would hurt his daughter.

Emahleeah Frost was with her 6-year-old sister in their Waterville home when she was shot Friday afternoon, according to police. The bullet went through the wall of the bedroom where the girls were having an after-school snack.

Charles Frost Jr. told the Morning Sentinel that he and the children’s mother are “completely outraged” that someone would shoot a young girl.

“How are they sleeping at night knowing they hurt a child?” he said. “I can’t say enough that I just want to know who’s responsible and why.”

The father said a bullet was still lodged in one of Emahleeah’s vertebrae, about an inch from her spinal cord. He said she is expected to remain at the hospital for at least another week and will have to wear a chest and neck brace for about three months.

Investigators on Saturday asked for anyone with information about the shooting to contact them. Witnesses reported hearing about three shots when the youngster was hit at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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