A 3-year-old girl from Edneyville, North Carolina, died Tuesday night from an accidentally self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head on Christmas Day, according to local law enforcement.
The parents of 3-year-old Aylee Gordon confirmed the death of their daughter in an update to a GoFundMe fundraiser created to help with their daughter's medical expenses.
"Our beautiful little angel gained her wings last night," the couple said in the post. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the tremendous support to our family and appreciate continuous prayers."
The GoFundMe account has raised $18,000 so far, surpassing the fundraiser's goal of $5,000.
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Gordon reportedly accessed a firearm that a guest left in the back of their truck as she played with her new bicycle on Christmas, according to a 911 call placed by the child's father at approximately 2:30 p.m.
“She picked it up, and it went off,” Tim Gordon, the child's father, said in the 911 recording.
Aylee was the daughter of retired Henderson County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Gordon, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, told NBC News.
After the incident, Gordon drove his daughter and wife to a nearby fire station because he was having difficulty with his phone reception. Aylee was then airlifted to Mission Hospital to undergo emergency surgery.
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Officials from the sheriff's office said charges would be determined by the local district attorney's office and the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation after an investigation is completed.