Police: Parent says he accidentally shot, killed 4-year-old

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say the parent of a 4-year-old girl killed in Philadelphia has confessed to accidentally shooting her.

Authorities originally believed the child was shot by her young brother.

Investigators said the girl was shot in the face by her father or stepfather in a home in the Kensington neighborhood shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Emergency medical personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Police previously said the girl was shot by her 5-year-old sibling and were searching for the child’s father or stepfather, who was believed to have owned the gun used.

But Sgt. Eric Gripp said Sunday the man turned himself in Saturday night and ultimately admitted to shooting the victim.

Gripp said the parent “stated that the sibling had nothing to do with it.” His identity has not been released.

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