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Girl, 5, shot herself in the head with father's gun, police say

An autopsy has shown that a five-year-old girl who died in the US had picked up her father's gun and shot herself in the head.

The state medical examiner's office on Wednesday released its results on the death of Elise Dorr, of Belfast, Maine, who died on Monday.

Her death was ruled as accidental.

Police said the handgun was owned by her father, Todd Dorr, and was in a backpack in a bedroom where the two were located.

Mr Dorr told police he went to adjust the television and heard the gunshot as he moved across the room.

Police say the girl retrieved the gun from the backpack and was on the bed when the gun went off. The gun was not in a holster and there was no gunlock.

No charges have been filed.

AP

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