California girl, 5, gunned down by younger relative; dad dropped her off at hospital and ran away

1 month ago

Merced news, California news.

A toddler girl was declared dead at the Mercy Hospital in California Friday only hours after being accidentally shot by a younger relative.

The shooting took place in a Merced home on East 26th Street at about 2:30 p.m. The unidentified boy opened fire at the 5-year-old girl after he found an unsecured handgun while playing.

The girl’s 44-year-old dad, Rodney Matthews, drove her to the hospital and left.

He was later arrested after a high-speed chase with cops.

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  • “The subject who dropped off the victim was seen leaving the hospital. Officers attempted to stop the subject, but the driver refused to stop and engaged in a high-speed pursuit,” police wrote on Facebook.

    “The driver finally stopped and was taken into custody and was identified as Rodney Matthews.”

    In a statement, Sgt. Sean Greene said: “It’s heartbreaking. You don’t want to hear of anyone being shot but a child who’s got their whole life to look forward to, it’s heartbreaking.”

    Matthews has been hit with several charges including child endangerment which resulted in the death of a child.