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Damia Lee-Ann Barnett

Age 3

Mount Healthy, Ohio

Minnie Mouse and cheese puffs lover

Just 3 years old, she had a personality that could light up any room she walked into. Her presence emanated positivity. Along with her mother, father, twin brother and three sisters, she loved attending church, “Her Hallelujah Place.” 

You could always catch her dancing and watching Minnie Mouse while eating her favorite snack, cheese puffs. Her nickname was “Fatter.”

On Oct. 5, 2018, Damia Lee-Ann Barnett “got her hands on” a legally owned firearm hanging in a holster in a bedroom of her family’s apartment in Mount Healthy, Ohio. She shot herself in the head and died instantly.

By J.J. Hennessy · Age 16
Meet the Reporters

More than 80 infants and toddlers

Izabella Marie Helem

Brother shoots his sister by accident

Damion Little Jr.

By his mother’s side until death

Ke'Anthony Terez Jelks Jr.

He was well beyond his years

David Jermaine Hall

Empty seat in his mother’s car

Jason Garcia Perez

Three months from his first birthday


Ears ringing. Loud noise. Third accident.


The pistol was on the counter

Nyla Jones

Shot by accident, while with family

Paxton Reece Edwards

It seemed like a happy home

Owen Propes

Rosy cheeks, blue eyes. Only 3.

Aiden Martin

Cinnamon twists. Play-Doh. Accident. Bloody refrigerator.

Julien Gonzalez

The youngest infant at his daycare

Messiah Murphy

A wrong turn, a grandson gone

Kyrie L. Johnson

He was only 17 months old

Livia Robinson

Sweet Livia’s smile ended while sleeping

Mikayla Alina Walker

Champion won’t lift yellow sword again

Montreal Dunn

Picket fence couldn’t keep him safe

Malachi La'Velle Michael Barnes

His mom had birthday invitations ready

Moises Ramon Montano

He was resting in Mom’s arms

Nathan Isaiah Hurtado

Tragic end for a happy kid