Identity of toddler released

Updated June 3, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. – Police release name of toddler

Police have released the name of 3-year-old Miranda Doerr, who investigators say was shot with a loaded, unattended firearm yesterday in a home just outside of Joplin.

Earlier today, we talked with Miranda’s mother, Jennifer, who told us she doesn’t want to be known as a terrible mother. Jennifer, who seemed to be crying, said her daughter’s death rests on her shoulders. You’ll hear more of our conversation this evening.

Updated June 2, 2014 at 10:27 p.m. – Neighbors react to Newton County toddler’s death

Ray Blasky talks about life at Bykota Estates.

“We’re a whole different community out here. When one goes down we all gather together and help bring them back up.”

Blasky says he’ll be doing this for his neighbors soon. At approximately 10 am on Monday, paramedic’s were called to a home in the community where a 3-year-old girl could not breath.

One neighbor said he heard the paramedics come through the community en route to the house.

I rushed down here and there wasn’t nothing I could do,” said neighbor Ray Moody. “Everything was in turmoil and the baby wasn’t breathing.”

Officials say the mother, who was home, first thought her daughter had fallen. But while going to the hospital, paramedics noticed a gun shot wound to her head.

According to Newton County Sheriff’s Department, the 3-year-old girl and her 6-year-old brother had access to a loaded handgun. Officials have not confirmed who pulled the trigger.

The girl passed away at the hospital, only an hour after arriving.

Neighbors say the tragedy is beyond words.

“They’re just good people, you know, and uh they don’t abuse anyone that I know of anyway, they’re just good people,” said Moody.

“They’ll make this, said Blasky. “We’ll help get them through this.”

Newton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crime is under investigation and they will release further details. An autopsy is planned, but the preliminary investigations indicate it was an accidental shooting. The 6-year-old has been taken into child protective services while officials investigate the death.

Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:49 p.m. – Toddler dies of gunshot wound in Newton County; preliminary results show accidental shooting

Authorities tell us EMT’s were called to a home today at around 10 a.m. in the Bykota mobile home park where a three year old could not breath. The mother thought the daughter had fallen, but when en route to the hospital, paramedics noticed a gunshot wound to the child’s head.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and officers were sent to the home and hospital to investigate.

The child passed away at the hospital about 11:30 a.m.

Authorities tell us the child has been taken for autopsy, but the preliminary results show it was an accidental shooting.

Authorities say there was a loaded firearm left unattended in the residence. The mother was home at the time but the father was not.

The child’s name has not been released at this time.