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Report: Kids were playing with gun when it fired, killing Macon 8-year-old

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office declined to answer our questions about the investigation.

MACON, Ga. — A Bibb County Sheriff’s Office incident report fills in some of the blanks on what led up to Friday's fatal shooting of an 8-year-old girl.

The report says a person with a gunshot wound was taken to The Medical Center, Navicent Health Atrium.

When a deputy got to the scene, the victim’s brother told them his sister, Miracle Brantley, shot herself in the head.

Brantley’s grandmother, Patricia Reed, said she was watching her grandkids at her home while they were doing their online homework. Reed says she heard a gunshot and found Brantley bleeding in the kitchen. 

She said someone brought a gun into the home without her knowledge, and the children were playing with it when it discharged. The identity of the person who brought the gun is redacted in the report and has not been released.

Friday afternoon, Brantley was listed in critical condition. She was flown to Scottish Rite in Atlanta Friday evening and pronounced dead Sunday morning. 

Bibb County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Sunday that Miracle died from the gunshot wound. Bibb County Sheriff's Office and Coroner Leon Jones say they are waiting on an autopsy report from the GBI to confirm how she was shot. 

When we asked GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles about when they would complete their report, she said to check back in a day to two days.

The sheriff's office has not released any further details on the case such as: Whose gun was it? Was the gun legal? And, are there any persons of interest? 

The response from the Sheriff's Office is the same as what they said Friday evening: “Circumstances surrounding this investigation are still being investigated."

13WMAZ requested an interview with Sheriff David Davis Tuesday afternoon, but the sheriff's office declined to speak to us.

As of Tuesday evening, there is no word from the sheriff's office on possible charges in the case. 

Anyone with any information about the shooting is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.


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