5-year-old shot and killed by another child in her Merced home, police say


MERCED, California (KSEE) — A 5-year-old girl is dead in Merced after police say another child in the home shot her.

Officers were called to the area of 26th Street and Hawthorne Avenue at around 2:30 p.m following a report of a gunshot at a home. Officers also received a report of a vehicle leaving a nearby hospital at a high rate of speed.

44-year-old Rodney Matthews (image courtesy of Merced Police)

Officers established that the 5-year-old girl was dropped off at the hospital with a single gunshot wound but later died of her injuries.

According to Merced Police, the driver of the vehicle leaving the hospital started a high-speed pursuit but was eventually arrested.

Forty-four-year-old Rodney Matthews, the victim’s father, was booked on charges of child endangerment that resulted in the death of a child, felony reckless driving while evading officers, and a prohibited person in possession of firearms and ammunition.

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