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Georgia 6-year-old finds gun in couch cushion, fatally shoots herself

Ja'Mecca Smith was the youngest of seven children, the baby of the family. She loved tic-tac-toe and the Disney movie "Frozen" and the color red. She was a member of the first grade honor roll, a cheerful little girl with a sense of humor and a gap-toothed smile.

But police say a combination of negligence, a child's curiosity and cruel circumstance ended her life Saturday, when Ja'Mecca accidentally shot herself in the head with a loaded gun she found tucked between the cushions of a sofa in her father's home.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police arrived at Ja'Mecca's father's Atlanta apartment Saturday morning to find the 6-year-old dead and her...