Sheriff: 3-year-old Mo. girl found gun, shot self

STELLA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old southwest Missouri girl died after she found a loaded handgun and shot herself.

The authorities say Maycen A. Coberley found the handgun Saturday inside her family’s home in northern McDonald County. She was pronounced dead at a Joplin hospital.

McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson says investigators have determined no foul play was involved and all indications are that the girl shot herself with the 9 mm pistol.

Evenson says the gun apparently was in the bedroom where the girl was supposed to be napping. He said the gun belonged to the parents.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/s1egXW) that a funeral will be Thursday in Granby.

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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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