A police investigation continues in the death of a 9-year-old girl, two weeks after she was mortally wounded in a reported accidental shooting in her Pekin home.
Haylee Garrison never regained consciousness after she was shot in the throat with a handgun on April 7. With organ donations arranged and life support removed, she was pronounced dead four days later, on her birthday.
Police said shortly after the shooting that Haylee and a cousin, also 9, found the handgun in a bedroom of the home at 1802 Victoria Drive that Haylee shared with her parents, a sister and two brothers.
Further details of the accident, including how the weapon was stored, who owned it and how the child was shot, would eventually be released, a police spokesman said.
Kevin Johnson, Tazewell County’s chief assistant state’s attorney, said Thursday that his office will wait for the police department to submit its investigation report before determining whether any action is warranted in the case.
Police were called to the home at about 7 p.m. Hours earlier, Haylee celebrated her birthday with her third-grade schoolmates at Starke School on the last day of classes before spring break.
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