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Two people are jailed on involuntary manslaughter charges after police say a young child shot and killed herself while playing with a pistol.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office:

Investigators were called to a campsite on Chitwood Cove in the Wilderness Camp Road area Saturday night just after 8:30 p.m.

The child had been taken from the site prior to law enforcement arrival by persons on the scene. They were met on another roadway by law enforcement, where EMS and rescue units evaluated and then transported the child to an area hospital.

The child was pronounced dead at the hospital. The child apparently shot herself playing with a pistol at the site, police said.

After the initial investigation the child’s grandmother, 47-year-old Kimberly Anne Roberts, and 50-year-old James Phillip Lillie were both arrested and taken to the Bartow County Jail.

In addition to felony involuntary manslaughter charges, they are each charged with felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and misdemeanor reckless conduct. Roberts is additionally charged with a felony probation violation.

The two were in the Bartow County Jail Monday with bonds set at $8,500.

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