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Man waives hearing in shooting of costumed girl

Published: Fri, November 2, 2012 @ 8:39 a.m.

Man waives hearing in shooting of costumed girl

FREEDOM, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who apparently shot a young relative after mistaking her costume for a skunk has been ordered to stand trial on assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Thomas Grant waived a preliminary hearing before a Beaver County magistrate on Thursday.

Police say the girl was in a black costume with a white feather or tassel on her hat during a Halloween party at a New Sewickley home on Oct. 20. The Beaver County Times reports investigators said the girl was lying face-down and motionless during a game of hide-and-seek when she was shot.

Grant’s attorney called the shooting a “tragic accident” and says his client’s first concern is the girl’s well-being. He says he’ll ask to have the charges dismissed.

The girl is recovering from her wounds.


1peggygurney(408 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The article doesn't say how old the girl is, but regardless, that would have had to be a pretty darn big skunk.

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2redeye1(5656 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

She was 9 yrs old. If I found a skunk that big I would have ran away from it.

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3DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Why would you shoot a skunk anyway?

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