Milwaukee Police are calling the shooting death of a nine-year-old girl an accident. An autopsy is being done today (Monday). Police believe her brother fired the fatal shot Saturday in a home on the city’s northwest side.
The victim has been identified as Miyanna Jelks. Though their names haven’t been released, Jelks’ parents have been arrested on multiple charges related to keeping a drug house, child neglect and leaving a loaded firearm in an easily accessible area for a child.
Officers were called to the home Saturday shortly after noon. The victim was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The case is being presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office says Jelks is the first child killed as a result of gunfire this year.