Police: 5-year-old LaPlace girl fatally shot while playing with handgun _lowres

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Early Saturday morning, a 5-year-old girl playing with a handgun shot herself to death, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's office.

At 9:44 a.m., the Sheriff's Office responded to a call for a medical emergency on Country Club Drive in LaPlace.

The girl, identified as Haley Moore, was transported to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Detectives have said that handgun was unsecured in the household and the incident is still under investigation.