South Carolina toddler dies after being shot by BB gun, deputies say

State - Regional

ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — A 2-year-old girl died Wednesday morning after being accidentally shot by a BB gun, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said deputies responded about 2 a.m. to Carr Court in Belton. Authorities said the toddler died after being flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

According to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, Marlee Sills’ father was moving a BB gun from under a counter when it went off and hit her in the chest.

The sheriff’s office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the state Department of Social Services are investigating.

A sheriff’s office spokesman said people should always practice safety when it comes to any type of gun.

“Any weapon, whether it be a bb gun or a real firearm, needs to be treated as though it could take someone’s life, spokesman JT Foster said. “So, we caution people to be very safe with their weapons.”

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