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 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.

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.

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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.

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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