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Asia Turentine, a 23-year-old Indianapolis mother, has been charged for the death of her 5-year-old daughter. The mother neglected to place her 9mm Ruger semi-automatic handgun out of reach of her children. As a result, her 3-year-old son was able to grab it. The little boy fatally shot his sister in the head.

According to an affidavit, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 around 2:03 p.m., officers were sent to the 4006 block of Newburgh Drive on reports of a 5-year-old shot. When officers arrived, they found D-Asia Turentine shot in the head in the master bedroom. She was transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical condition at that time.

Turentine’s sister, Tonnett Winston, was interviewed by officers at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and said her sister called her that day and told her D-Asia was dead.

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This is a tragic situation that could have easily been avoided. There is nothing wrong with owning guns and having children. However, there are safety precautions that need taken in order to prevent fatalities such as this.

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