3-year-old girl who accidentally shot herself on Christmas dies

inside a hospital

A North Carolina toddler who accidentally shot herself in the head on Christmas has died, the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said in a Wednesday release.

Three-year-old Aylee Gordon reportedly wounded herself after accessing a 9 mm pistol, according to CNN.

The child's father, former Henderson County Sheriff's Captain Tim Gordon, said Aylee picked up the firearm, which was located in his truck, while she was outside playing on her new bike.

"She picked up a pistol and shot herself in the head by accident," Gordon told the dispatcher during a 911 call, according to ABC News 13.

Aylee passed away from her injuries on Tuesday after being airlifted to a local hospital and undergoing medical treatment on Saturday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that the child did in fact pass away at Mission Hospital on the evening of Tuesday December 28th, 2021," the sheriff's office said in a statement to The Hill. "Any charges in this case will be at the discretion of the NCSBI [North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation] and the District Attorneys office one the investigation has been completed and submitted to the District Attorney to review."