Man charged in shooting death of 4-year-old daughter, claims gun accidentally fired inside home

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police have charged a man in the fatal shooting of a 4-year-old girl.

Investigators say Maurice Phillips turned himself in Saturday night, and admitted he was responsible for the young girl’s death.

Phillips, who is either the girl’s father or stepfather, is charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Police say the girl was shot in the face Saturday afternoon at a home in the city’s Kensington neighborhood. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

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Phillips later told police that it was an accident, and the 5-year-old sibling had nothing to do with it.

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