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Charges Filed Against Man Accused of Shooting Girl Mistaken for Skunk

A man accused of shooting his 8-year-old cousin believing her to be a skunk has been charged. Police say the man’s mother asked him to shoot the skunk and held a flashlight for him while he fired.

Girl Shot After Being Mistaken for Skunk

A 9-year-old girl was dressed in a black outfit with a black hat during a Halloween party at a home in New Sewickley Township, Pa. While two to three dozen guests enjoyed themselves, the girl went to the edge of a hill to hide. After seeing her figure in the dark, police say a relative mistook her for a skunk, took out his shotgun and fired.

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