Toddler killed by accidental gunfire

A toddler was killed in an accidental shooting early Friday morning.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Leech Lake Tribal Police Department responded to the Bena home just before 4 a.m. and found that a five-year-old boy accidentally shot a three-year-old girl.

Despite efforts to save her life, she was pronounced dead at the Deer River Hospital.

Family members were en route to the hospital with the girl and were intercepted by an ambulance.

An autopsy is underway and the investigation continues.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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