6-year-old Jamerica Ragsdale was staying with her family at her grandmother's house west of Vicksburg, Mississippi. A 16-year-old relative was in an adjacent bedroom handling a .22 caliber pistol when he unintentionally discharged the weapon.
The bullet went through the wall of the bedroom into the living room where Jamerica was standing and struck her in the head.
Jamerica was taken to the hospital where she was put on life support. She died two days later.
The young man is being detained in a youth detention center, charged with possession of a handgun by a minor. Investigators are looking into where the gun came from.
Family members said the teen is showing great remorse and that this awful accident is crushing the family emotionally.