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5-year-old girl shot in eye by playmate with BB gun

ELYRIA — A 5-year-old Elyria girl had to be taken to the hospital yesterday after a playmate shot her in the eye with a BB gun.

Ashley Stevenson was treated and released from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She was transferred there from EMH Regional Medical Center.

According to a police report, the incident will not be treated as a criminal matter due to the age of the children. The child who shot Ashley is 6, the report said.

The 6-year-old, who became sick to her stomach while speaking with officers, told them she and Ashley were playing cops when she shot her in the eye, according to a police report.

Ashley's father told police neighborhood children let him know Ashley had been shot, and he grabbed her and rushed her to EMH.

The 6-year-old's parents told officers they did not realize the children were outside playing with the BB gun.

The BB gun was taken as evidence, the report said.

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