Father charged after 3-year-old girl shot dead in Sydney

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The father of a three-year-old girl shot dead in Sydney on Sunday night has been charged with two counts of breaching an apprehended violence order and a number of firearm offences.

The man, 43, is believed to have been around his former partner’s home in Lalor Park in western Sydney when his daughter was shot in the neck.

He appeared before Blacktown Local Court on Monday. He did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

He is scheduled to appear before the same court again on Friday.

While investigations continue, superintendent Paul Carrett says the incident is a reminder for people to keep firearms stored safely.

It remains unclear how the girl was shot, although according to the Sydney Morning Herald police are looking into whether she could have shot herself.

It is thought the gun was an unlicensed single-barrel sawn-off shotgun.

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