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Missouri teen girl shot to death, father charged with her murder, police say

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Jan. 12 2022, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

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A 17-year-old girl was shot and killed at her Missouri home and now police say her father has been arrested in connection to her murder.

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Around 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 9, a 911 call came in reporting gunshots at a residence in Joplin, Missouri, the Joplin Police Department said. During the call, 911 was told someone had been shot.

At the scene, police said they found a 17-year-old girl suffering from a single gunshot wound.

First responders began giving the victim aid before she was taken to Mercy Hospital in critical condition, police said.

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Officers said a man was detained at the scene.

An investigation began and determined the suspect, 59-year-old Todd J. Mayes shot his 17-year-old daughter during a disturbance at the house, authorities said. He was arrested and booked into the Joplin City Jail.

Around 8 a.m. on Jan. 10, police said they were notified that the 17-year-old victim had died from her injuries.

Mayes was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action with no bond allowed, police said.

An autopsy was done on the victim and determined she died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, authorities said.

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