15-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Fatally Shot By Mentally Disabled Brother

A 15-year-old girl was fatally shot Thursday when her brother, who is mentally disabled, thought he was playing with a toy gun in their home in St. Louis, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported.

The girl’s 20-year-old brother found a shotgun that had been spray-painted gold behind a dresser, left there by a family friend, St. Louis Police Lt. John Green told the Post Dispatch. The brother told police he did not realize the weapon was real, according to authorities.

Alicia Anderson died of a wound to the head, police said. The brother is in custody but prosecutors have not decided whether to file charges.

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