East Texas woman fatally shot when child picks up rifle
Police tape is seen in this undated file photograph.
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:33AM EDT
PALESTINE, Texas - Authorities say an East Texas woman was fatally shot after an 8-year-old boy picked up a rifle and it accidentally discharged at a home.
Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says the boy picked up a rifle while in a room with the woman's husband, who was cleaning weapons Saturday. The bullet hit 23-year-old Carmen Danielle Morris in the head. She was in another room.
The Elkhart woman died Sunday at a hospital.
Taylor said the boy was a relative of Morris' husband but was not the couple's child.
Taylor says it's believed the incident was a tragic accident.