Girl, 5, finds grandparent's gun under pillow in Detroit, kills self

Family identifies victim as Mariah Davis

By Ian Vickers - Producer, Halston Herrera - Digital news editor, Lauren Podell - Reporter

DETROIT - A 5-year-old girl has died after finding a handgun under a pillow in her grandparent's Detroit home and shooting herself.

The incident happened at about midnight Tuesday in a home on Oakfield Avenue.

Shawnte McMichael identified the girl as her niece, Mariah Davis.

McMichael said Mariah, her 1-year-old brother and a friend's 3-year-old child were being babysat by the grandparents. McMichael said her mother was downstairs cooking when the shooting happened.

“They heard the shot and her granddaddy ran in there like, ‘What was that?’ And she was laying on the bed with her dolls," McMichael said.

Mariah was taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The grandparents were questioned by police and released pending the completion of the investigation. 

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