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Girl Remains Critical Following Accidental Shooting

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ROCKY MOUNT — Guns and kids. If you're a parent and keep a handgun, you do all you canto keep them apart. Tuesday, a young girl was shot in the face. Policesay her brother pulled the trigger.

It happened in the Nash County side of Rocky Mount. Investigators saythree young children were alone in a Grace Street home when a 9-year-oldboy found a pistol beneath a mattress. While he was playing with it, thegun fired and hit his 6-year-old sister.

The gun's owner is the mother's boyfriend. Melvin Powell is charged withallowing the gun to be accessible to a minor. Police believe the littleboy had no plans to hurt his sister.

The young girl was flown to Pitt Memorial Hospital where she is in criticalcondition. Police say they may ask for additional charges.

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