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Man Surrenders in Accidental Shooting Death of 4-Year-Old Girl: Police

Police recovered a gun from inside the home

The boyfriend of the mother of a 4-year-old girl who police say accidentally shot and killed herself turned himself in to authorities Thursday night. (Published Friday, July 1, 2016)

The boyfriend of the mother of a 4-year-old girl who investigators say accidentally shot and killed herself surrendered to police Thursday night. Demetrius Williams turned himself in around 7:30 p.m., according to police. Charges against him are pending.

Four-Year-Old Killed May Have Shot Herself: PoliceFour-Year-Old Killed May Have Shot Herself: PolicePhiladelphia Police say the 4-year-old shot and killed in her Philadelphia home may have shot herself. The girl's 3-year-old sister and her mother were home at the time. Police say they will continue to investigate. (Published Friday, June 24, 2016)

Williams' girlfriend, 25-year-old Shakeya Holmes, was arrested and charged June 24 with third degree murder in connection to the death of her daughter. On June 23, the young girl was found by police with a gunshot wound to her eye at a North Philadelphia house where she lived with her mother and a younger sister.

EMS rushed to the Montgomery Townhomes on the 1800 block of North 20th Street shortly after noon that day. Medics then took the girl to Hahnemann Hospital where she died around 1 p.m., police said.

 Anguish in Neighborhood After 4-Year-Old DiesAnguish in Neighborhood After 4-Year-Old DiesAnguish in a North Philadelphia neighborhood as family and neighbors gather to remember a 4-year-old girl who was shot in the eye and died inside her home. NBC10's Drew Smith reports that the mother continued to be questioned late Thursday and police had no ruling on what happened inside the home that lead to the child's death. (Published Thursday, June 23, 2016)

Investigators determined the girl's gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Holmes and the girl's 3-year-old sister were in the home when the child was shot, police said. Police recovered a gun from inside the house.

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Neighbors said Holmes ran outside holding her daughter and yelled for help. Margie Malabet recalled the frantic scene when she ran to help after hearing Holmes cry, "Save my baby, please, save my baby."

"Her little sister standing over her," Malabet said. "I said, 'What happened?' She said, 'She got shot with a gun.'"

Police have not yet revealed what specific charges Williams will face.

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