Man fatally shoots his daughter after mistaking her for intruder

A 16-year-old high school junior has been fatally shot by her father after being mistaken for an intruder, authorities in Ohio said.

The incident happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Dec. 29, in Canal Winchester, about 15 miles from Columbus.

Police say a 911 caller reported around 4:30am that someone had been shot in their home after the security system went off. The caller has been identified as the teen’s mother, who can be heard on the call telling authorities her daughter was shot in the garage by her father, who believed she was someone breaking in.

Audio of the call captures the shock and distress of both parents as they plead with 16-year-old Janae Hairston to wake up.

She was rushed to Mount Carmel East Hospital but succumbed to her injuries about an hour later.

Police are investigating the case and are expected to forward it to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, but it was not immediately clear if charges would be filed.


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