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5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.

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BURKESVILLE, Ky. — A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said.

The children’s mother was home Tuesday but stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and “she heard the gun go off,” Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family did not realize a bullet was in it.

White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22 as a gift.

“It’s a Crickett,” White said, referring to a company that makes guns, clothes, and books for children. “It’s a little rifle for a kid. ... The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”

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