ORLANDO, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) – On Tuesday, June 7, a 10-year-old girl was arrested after authorities said she shot and killed a woman who was arguing with her mother, according to the Orlando Police Department.
The child has been placed under the supervision of the Florida Department of Children and Families, according to police.
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In a statement following the shooting, state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties, Monique H. Worrell, said her office has begun reviewing the case and “will consider all facts, including the age of the child, and all surrounding circumstances, when making a loading decision.”
“We want to be clear by stating that our office has not filed any charges,” the prosecutor’s statement said, adding that the incident was “one of the most tragic cases I’ve seen in my 22-year career.”
Orlando police say the child’s mother is also in custody.
Witnesses told police the shooting happened on the night of May 30, when the child’s mother and victim, Lashun Denise Rodgers, 41, began arguing outside an apartment complex, according to an arrest report.
The child was with her mother at the time of the argument, according to the arrest report, in which witnesses are mentioned.
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The mother allegedly started a physical altercation by beating Rodgers, who retaliated by hitting her back, the arrest report says, citing Rodgers’ friend as a witness.
The friend told authorities he was trying to end the fight, but the victim was trying to “reconnect” with the mother, according to the report. He then allegedly saw the child holding a black firearm before firing “one to two shots” at Rodgers, an arrest report shows. The child then reportedly yelled, “She shouldn’t have hit my mother,” the boyfriend told police.
Rodgers was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she later died, according to the police spokesperson Heidi Rodriguez.
The girls The mother was taken into custody and the child was placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families, police said.
CNN has contacted the child’s mother’s attorney, but has not received a response. CNN was unable to obtain attorney information from the child involved.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
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