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Police: 6-year-old girl shot herself

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Atlanta Police now confirm the six-year-old girl found dead inside her home Saturday shot and killed herself.

When the first officers arrived to the home they were given information which led them to suspect the father was at fault.  But, after further investigation, a spokesperson for APD said Jamecca Smith accidentally shot herself. She found the loaded handgun between sofa cushions in the apartment.

Demargo Smith, the girl's father, was charged with reckless conduct and booked into the Fulton County Jail.

Family members were inconsolable outside the home where Jamecca died.

This is the third time in a little over a month that a young child was killed by a handgun in the home.

On Oct. 27, a 2-year-old Acworth boy accidentally shot and killed himself when he was able to get ahold of a family handgun when his father stepped away.

No charges were filed in that shooting.

Two weeks later in Butts County another 2-year-old was killed when he accidentally shot himself.
His mother's boyfriend, 37-year-old Christopher Askins was charged with second degree cruelty to children and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Back at the apartment on Martin Street police said six-year-old Jamecca and her twin brother were at home with their father, a teenager and at least two other young children.

The father has spoken to police.

Investigators spent several hours going through the building to gather all the details they could.

“Our investigators are collecting any official evidence we can find that might give us a clue to what happened - what occurred inside the apartment,” Major Lee said.

Charges have not yet been filed.

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