Two people in Bartow County, including a grandmother, are now charged with murder after a child shot herself at a campsite Saturday, officials said.
Kimberly Anne Roberts, 47, and James Phillip Lillie, 50, were previously charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, reckless conduct and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the incident, according to Bartow sheriff’s office spokesman Investigator Jonathan White.
“Lillie and Roberts being convicted felons and possessing a firearm, which later caused the death of the child, led to the application of murder charges under Georgia law,” White said in a news release Wednesday.
The shooting happened at a campsite on Chitwood Cove in the Wilderness Camp Road area about 8:30 p.m., AJC.com previously reported.
According to a sheriff’s incident report, the adults had just returned to their tent to go to sleep after a night of drinking. About 10 minutes later, they “heard a gunshot and a whimper,” they told authorities.
Investigators determined the child shot herself in the head while playing with a pistol. A nurse in the area was able to start CPR on the child before she was rushed to a hospital.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her name and age have not been released.
While Roberts was the victim’s grandmother, Lillie has no known relation to the child, officials said.
Both Roberts and Lillie were taken to the Bartow County Jail, where they remain.
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