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Southport child shot, caregiver charged

Kayla Tully is charged with cruelty toward a child-aggravated abuse, four counts of child...
Kayla Tully is charged with cruelty toward a child-aggravated abuse, four counts of child neglect, and unsafe storage of a firearm.(BCSO)
Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:25 AM CDT
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SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: July 29, 2021 (10:30 a.m.)

We’re learning more details about what happened that led to a girl being shot in Southport and taken to a local hospital.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Kayla Tully, 32, was arrested and charged with cruelty toward a child-aggravated abuse, four counts of child neglect, and unsafe storage of a firearm.

Deputies responded to a home in Southport Thursday just before 2:00 a.m. to find a 7-year-old child bleeding on the bathroom floor from a gunshot wound. When deputies arrived, the child was being held by Tully, the caregiver.

Deputies immediately administered emergency care and EMS arrived within minutes and took the child to a local hospital.

When authorities interviewed Tully, she claimed she left a 20-gauge shotgun leaning against the back door of the home while she went to the front door to see why the dog was barking. Then she fell asleep on the couch when she was woken up by another child telling her the victim was shot.

According to Tully, she did not hear the gunshot.

Authorities believe the victim was shot with the unattended gun by a younger sibling while Tully was asleep. Tully claimed she normally kept a loaded firearm by the back door of their house.

Police said there were five children under the age of ten in the home when deputies responded.

Tully was arrested and taken to the Bay County Jail.

BCSO Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, and the Department of Children and Families all responded to the scene for further investigation.

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A seven-year-old Southport girl is fighting for her life in the hospital. According to Bay County Sheriff Deputies, the girl’s brother was handling a gun in their home and accidentally shot her. According to authorities, the mother of the two children is facing multiple felony charges; among them is aggravated child abuse for leaving open access to a firearm.

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