Child dead after being shot near Wickenburg

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MORRISTOWN, Ariz. --  A 4-year-old girl was shot in the head shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Saturday in a remote area northwest of Phoenix.  The girl was airlifted to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where she was pronounced dead. 

A spokesperson with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred in a remote area of the desert that is sometimes used as a shooting range.  Morristown is a rural community approximately 60 miles northwest of Phoenix and 10 miles southeast of Wickenburg.

At the time of this report, officials were unable to release any further details about the incident or the victim.  It remains unclear as to why the girl was in the desert and whose care she was under at the time of the shooting. 

MCSO detectives will continue the investigation on Sunday.  Additional details are expected to become available at that time.