An 18-month-old girl died overnight after being shot in the head Sunday, according to investigators in Florida.
Around 11:45pm on Sunday, September 3, 2023, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Ranwood Lane in Palm Coast after FCSO Communications received a frantic 911 call reporting a baby had been shot.
Upon arrival, deputies located an 18-month-old black female with a gunshot wound to the head.
The child was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
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Major Case Unit detectives are still actively gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses. No arrests have been made at this time.
Deputies say this death may have been accidental; however, the investigation is still active and ongoing with the assistance of FDLE’s Crime Scene Investigators.
According to Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly, there were eight people in the home at the time, and there is one person of interest.
“We’re not ruling everyone out in that house and while we have a primary person of interest, it would be a lot easier if everybody would tell us the truth,” Sheriff Staly said.
One man, 21-year-old CJ Nelson Jr., was in the home and arrested for violating probation and Staly said the man is also the primary person of interest.
“This is a tragic situation, and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of this little girl. This was a young life cut way too short,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “While God has a new little angel, we will investigate this incident along with the State Attorney’s Office Homicide Investigation Unit until all facts are known. There is no threat to the community. The incident was contained inside this residence and all persons present or involved have been identified.”
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