Child Shoots Herself To Death Reaching For Candy (Photos)

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A 4-year-old girl from Florida is dead after reaching into her grandmother's purse for candy and accidentally shooting herself.

Yanelly "Nelly" Zoller was with her paternal grandparents, Michael and Christie Zoller, in Tampa when she found the gun on Sept. 14, the Daily Mail reports. She died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police will not confirm if the gun belonged to Christie Zoller, or whether she had a permit.

Tampa Police Department have called the death a "tragic accident" and say they will likely not press charges. The department is still investigating.

Nelly's 22-year-old father, Shane Zoller, who shared custody with the girl's mother, recalls the moment he realized something was wrong.

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"I was driving to pick her up with her bathing suit in my car to take her to the splash pads," Shane said, reports Tampa Bay Times. "When I pulled up, that's when I saw all the police lights."

"She just wanted some damn candy," the father added.

Shane insists his parents loved Nelly and sacrificed much for her. He explains he had Nelly when he was still in high school. If it were not for his parents, who stepped in to help care for the child, he said he would have dropped out. Shane also has a son, as well as a baby on the way.

"She was extremely close to them and would get so excited when she got to stay at her nana's house," he said. "She was attached to her nana's hip."

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Shane says Nelly was the perfect mixture of her parents.

"She loved to help daddy work on the car," he recalls. "She would hand me tools. But she also really liked doing her makeup."

Shane says his daughter also adored playing with her puppies, watching the cartoon "Shimmer and Shine" and jumping on the couch.

Family members have since launched GoFundMe and YouCaring crowdfunding campaigns to help cover Nelly's funeral expenses.

"Parents and grandparents are not suppose to bury their child, this is not how it's suppose to be," the description of the YouCaring campaign reads. "The shock and disbelief is real. The death of a child turns the world upside down and leaves unanswered questions of why? The only answer that half way makes sense is Heaven needed another angel. Her star shines bright. Our beautiful angel was taken by a freak accident, one that is difficult to discuss. What is important is to help the family in preparing for a proper burial."

Within six days, strangers and loved ones had donated more than $2,100 to the campaigns.

Sources: Daily Mail, Tampa Bay Times, GoFundMe, YouCaring / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Facebook via Daily Mail, GoFundMe

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