Otis Chance was four.
“My baby shot herself,” a distraught Katreena Harmon told the New Jersey Today Show . The young girl died on Thursday after she shot herself.
Her mother shared her story on Facebook, where some alleged the 4-year-old shot herself in the hand while playing with a gun; the mother has refuted that.
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The New Jersey mother posted a photo on her Facebook account that showed her child’s bruised arm with the caption: “that was real life yesterday my angel baby did me dirty y’all. My baby shot herself. We are still in shock..”
She has since deleted the post and posted a series of messages on Facebook, on Friday, April 20:
“I need help. I need help now. It wasn’t a toy.. It was a real gun… And my baby shot herself…”
“I am in shock, my heart is broken I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to go.. how to get help. Help me momma.. Help me.”
“I will just continue to pray for Katreena and the family.. I will never forget my baby girl Otis Chance.. And baby love you baby baby brother. Love you babies.”
According to CNN affiliate WABC, Harmon told the station it was not a toy gun, but a real loaded .22 caliber pistol. Harmon said she couldn’t tell the difference between the gun and the doll at first.
Authorities have said it is unclear whether the firearm was loaded.
Harmon was arrested on Wednesday and charged with reckless endangerment and child endangerment, according to WABC.
Otis Chance wasn’t the only child killed in New Jersey in recent weeks.
7-year-old shot and killed in Newark, New Jersey
In April, a 7-year-old died after he was shot while playing basketball in Newark, New Jersey. The boy was struck in the leg and died.
Police said earlier this month that detectives were searching for a man who may have been involved in a drive-by shooting that hit the boy.
As of April 12, 191 children in New Jersey had died from gunfire this year, according to the New Jersey Coalition Against Gun Violence.