6-year-old Emily Lavender was in a bedroom of her Fresno, California home with two of her sisters last Sunday when her 2-year-old stepbrother came in with a loaded handgun he had found in his parents' bedroom. The toddler unintentionally fired the handgun, striking Emily in the chest. She died at the home.
When police searched the home to recover the handgun they found other weapons. Police confiscated 53 guns from the home. Emily's stepfather was questioned by police and released. California law requires guns be kept out of the reach of children. The investigation is still ongoing but an arrest could come. Four other children, ages 2 to 15, who lived in the home with Emily have been taken by Fresno County Child Protective Services to a relative's home.