Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Child Fatally Shoots Herself When Reaching For Candy In Grandmother's Purse

Child Fatally Shoots Herself When Reaching For Candy In Grandmother's Purse

Digging through grandma Christie Zoller's purse, she unknowingly pressed the trigger of a handgun, shooting and killing herself.

While spending time with her grandmother, Yanelly Zoller reached into her grandmother's purse for some candy.

According to the 4-year-old's family, she was at her grandparents' house when she made a decision to look for candy.

Shane, who has two other children, told the Times that Yanelly was a helpful child who "just wanted some damn candy".

Yanelly "Nelly" Zoller passed away from a gunshot wound earlier this month at the Tampa home of her grandparents.

Shane, who shared custody of Nelly with her mother, said he saw police activity when he came to pick her up on the day of the accident.

Tampa police told the newspaper they are investigating the case, but have no reason to doubt the family's story.

Shane Zoller, 22, is the father of three children: one living, another on-the-way and the little girl he will bury Thursday. "She would hand me tools".

According to her obituary, Nelly Zoller loved playing with her puppy, watching the animated series Shimmer and Shine, jumping on the couch and doing her makeup. "She was attached to her nana's hip".

Zoller says his daughter was "extremely close" with her grandparents and loved to visit.

The family is asking for help in paying for Nelly's funeral and cremation HERE.

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