11-Year-Old WV Girl Faces Gun, Assault Charges

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Martinsburg, WV (AP) -- Police say an 11-year-old Martinsburg girl threatened her 7-year-old sister with a gun to force the younger child to play with her.

Martinsburg police say the girl also pointed the .38-caliber pistol at her grandmother. The child surrendered the gun after the grandmother made several demands for it.

The weapon wasn't loaded but police believe the girl didn't know that.

The incident occurred Monday evening at the grandmother's residence.

Police say the two girls argued and the 11-year-old then retrieved the gun from her grandmother's bedroom.

She is being held at a juvenile detention center on charges of brandishing a weapon and domestic assault.

The names of the girls and the grandmother aren't being released.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All rights Reserved.)

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