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13-year-old Jacksonville girl shot and killed; police questioning minors

11:10 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 13-year-old was shot and killed inside a home in the 11000 block of Riverstone Way and police believe another minor may have pulled the trigger.

"You see this thing on TV and you never know what they feels, now I know, now I know," said Juilane Williams, the victim's mother.

Juilane Williams identified her daughter as 13-year-old Titiana Mitchell. Police say the victim was found dead of a gunshot wound. They say four other children were inside the home, ages 11, 10, 9, and 1-year-old with no adult supervision and that four of the five children are believed to be related.

"We don't believe that there is someone out there. We believe that something happened inside that house," said Lt. Rob Schoonover, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police say one of the children called 911 and they believe that it was also one of the children who pulled the trigger. The gun was found and police say they believe it belongs to the homeowner. Children in the neighborhood say just today they saw these kids playing outside. 

"They seemed like kids having fun in the neighborhood, just having a nice Saturday playing basketball," said Brandon Bryant, a neighbor.

"It's just weird because we just saw her like 5, 10, 15 minutes ago and we can't come back out and we just see a whole bunch of police cars," said Jarrell Hardeman, a neighbor.

The children in the home were taken downtown for questioning. The victim's mother says her child was always with her and she just let her stay at her godmother's house that one night. 

"Very close, that's my baby girl, very close," said Williams.  

Any charges on any of the children or that adult who should have been supervising them would come from law enforcement.

First for you, the Department of Children and Families says there's no definitive age to suggest a child is old enough to be left home alone. They say it depends on the maturity level of that child. And the issue here may not be how young the children were, but how long they were left at home alone.

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