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Tuesday, January 09, 2018 1:00 am

8-year-old girl shot in eye with BB gun dies

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

The Grabill girl shot in the eye with a BB gun last week has died, the Allen County coroner's office said Monday.

Deborah Kay Schwartz, 8, was hospitalized Thursday afternoon. The coroner's office received notification of her death late Friday.

Police have said the BB gun was fired by another child.

The shooting happened at a home on Ricker Road in Grabill.

The coroner ruled Schwartz's cause of death was a gunshot wound of the head and confirmed a BB was the projectile fired.

Her death is the year's first homicide in Allen County.

The homicide, however, is not considered prosecutable, according to the coroner's office. 

asloboda@jg.net