COVENTRY, Conn. (AP) _ Georgia authorities say a visiting 6-year-old Connecticut girl has died after being accidentally shot by her 13-year-old brother.

The Monroe County, Ga., sheriff’s office said Jenn Stanovich of Coventry was shot early Tuesday at her grandmother’s home in Culloden, Ga.

The Hartford Courant reports Thursday the sheriff’s report says the brother said he’d been hunting armadillos in the backyard with a .22-caliber rifle, then came inside and placed the weapon on a bed. He said he accidentally knocked it on the floor and it discharged, striking his sister.

The children’s father, 49-year-old Richard Stanovich, said he heard the shot and ran to the back of the house. He and a paramedic neighbor tended the girl until help arrived. She died at a hospital.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman said the shooting is being investigated as an accident.

Information from: The Hartford Courant,

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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