Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Father drops gun, shoots daughter in head

Friday night the Byler family of Goshen, Indiana was playing outside in the snow. The parents and their two daughters, ages 7 and 10, headed inside. As Jay Byler was bent down, helping his daughters take off their boots, his handgun fell out of his coat pocket. The gun discharged when it hit the floor and the bullet struck 7-year-old Karlee in the head. Karlee died of her injuries.
Karlee was a first grader at West Goshen Elementary School. The school brought in counselors Monday to help Karlee's class understand the loss.
The Elkhart County coroner conducted an autopsy and ruled her death an accident.
According to news accounts Jay Byler has a concealed weapons permit. He had taken the gun out of his truck when he got home from work in order to bring the gun inside the house and it was still in his coat pocket when the tragedy occurred.

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