Ohio girl, 16, shot dead after father thought she was an intruder, mother says


A 16-year-old girl from Ohio was shot and killed by her father after he thought she was a break-in to their home, according to a 911 call obtained by NBC News.

The young girl, Janae Hairston, died Wednesday in a Columbus hospital about an hour after being shot in the garage of her parents’ home on Piper Bend Drive.

During the eight-minute 911 call, Hairston’s mother told a dispatcher that her husband accidentally shot their daughter. The hysterical mother pleaded for an ambulance as a man in the background repeatedly said, “Breathe, baby.”

“My husband made a mistake and shot her because he thought she was an intruder,” the mother said. “She was in our garage and my husband just didn’t know what was going on. Oh, my God.”

The mother said she believed the teenager had been shot in the chest. Both parents could be heard asking what the girl was doing in the garage.

Police arrived at the house about six minutes after the call.

The Columbus Police Division said in a Tweeter that charges have not been laid and the case has been referred to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The shooting came days after authorities said a North Carolina police officer shot his 15-year-old son in the head in what they believe was an accident.

According to District Attorney Ernie Lee, the teenager suffered a fatal injury on Monday afternoon and was taken to a medical center. The boy was still in critical condition on Wednesday, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said.

The unidentified officer works for the Jacksonville Police Department and is on administrative leave.

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