Girl mistakes gun for Wii controller - kills herself

   08/03/2010 at 09:06       NewYork       20 COMMENTS.
Source - WSMV Nashville
 - gamedirt, death

Cheyenne Alexis McKeehan, a Tennessee girl, aged 3, accidentally killed herself on Sunday night, according to local police in Wilson County. The incident allegedly occurred after she mistook a gun for a Wii controller.

Investigators claim that the girl's stepfather, Douglas Cronberger, had left a semi-automatic weapon on the living room table, and that the child had mistaken it for a Nintendo Wii controller. The child is then said to have fatally shot herself in the abdomen. She was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead the same night.

Real gun on top, Wii contoller on bottom

Pictured: Genuine gun on top, compared to Wii peripheral on bottom (WSMV)

The stepfather claims he was asleep at the time of the incident, according to authorities. The stepfather also claims the child's mother, Tina Ann Cronberger, was in the room with the child at the time of the incident. The mother was supposedly sitting at the computer, just a few feet away.

The mother has told authorities the girl might have thought she was playing with a Nintendo Wii controller that resembled a gun. According to the stepfather, the gun was out because he had heard a prowler and gotten the gun out earlier that evening. He then left the gun on the table in the living room. The gun is apparently a .380 caliber semi automatic handgun. The gun was usually kept unloaded and in a cabinet.

The child had been playing a Wii game. The game’s controller, according to authorities, was shaped like a gun that looked very similar to the real handgun. Cheyenne had learned how to use a gun from playing the Wii game for days. The authorities claim the girl "pulled the gun off the table and it went off."

There are no criminal charges pending, but the sheriff's office will turn information culled in its investigation over to prosecutors.

We advise parents concerned about their child's safety regarding Wii hardware to consult Nintendo's Wii safety page.


UPDATE: Extra details from local news outlets.

FURTHER UPDATE: Extra details from additional news source

FURTHER UPDATE: Thanks to reader "mine", who alerted us to the image that appears above

FURTHER UPDATE: Names incorporated into the article, as they have now been released.

FURTHER UPDATE: More details from new source.

Associated screenshots.

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peej - on 08/03/2010 at 10:30 wrote:
Who was her dad? Robocop? I've never seen any wii peripheral that looks like a semi-auto.

HairyArse - on 08/03/2010 at 10:55 wrote:
Shit's fucked up yo.

NewYork - on 08/03/2010 at 12:56 wrote:
I can totally imagine the step-dad justifying owning a gun in order to "protect my home and family".

HairyArse - on 08/03/2010 at 13:20 wrote:
LOLZ @ Piotrish

Kay - on 08/03/2010 at 13:40 wrote:
NY, you've really got to stop with these unregistered socks.


NewYork - on 08/03/2010 at 13:45 wrote:
These guys are tragically all real, it appears :D

LarryBong - on 08/03/2010 at 14:41 wrote:
Let me get this right...

parent leaves loaded gun within reach of child and then tries to blame the child's subsequent and unsuprising death on the fact that a wii controller (in plastic gun thingy I assume) looks quite similar to the gun.


No doubt he will now be looking for a lawyer and suing nintendo for their callous indifference to child safety.

peej - on 08/03/2010 at 15:05 wrote:
Great, now you've got the gun nuts started, NY

HairyArse - on 08/03/2010 at 15:51 wrote:
Dree - what's wrong with having good locks on your door and a burglar alarm? We manage just fine in the UK.

HairyArse - on 08/03/2010 at 16:18 wrote:
Well I have two large German Sherphers. I'd like to think they'd look after me without being mistaken for a Wii Remote...

peej - on 08/03/2010 at 16:28 wrote:
TBH I've got no problems with guns, it's not the gun that pulls the trigger itself.


NewYork - on 08/03/2010 at 16:34 wrote:
With the benefit of hindsight, should this guy have been allowed to own a gun (assuming the answer "yes, but he should have known where to keep it" is a copout).

peej - on 08/03/2010 at 17:07 wrote:
My dad and uncle both keep guns for recreational shooting. In this country, the stringent security checks and the sheer amount of extra work you have to do to your house in order to store the guns means that you need a secure lockable weapons store for them.

Course, if you're the sort of person that leaves a loaded (and cocked) gun around the house where there's a toddler, it's not really going to make much difference how stringent those laws and checks are.

It's an incredibly sad story. What's even sadder is that this, like a lot of other game-related tragedies, probably has more to do with the person's own circumstances than anything to do with gaming.

NewYork - on 08/03/2010 at 19:01 wrote:
Updated the article with new details from a third source. This answers a few questions:

- She was playing a Wii game at or around the time
- The Wii controller did resemble the handgun
- Apparently she "pulled the gun off the table and it went off"

So we probably are looking at a girl mistaking a gun for a Wii controller, but it appears the firing may have also been an accident, which is to say the gun went off simply due to her pulling it off the table.

NewYork - on 08/03/2010 at 21:25 wrote:
@mine: Thanks for the tip. I've added the image to the article. I can see how a three-year-old would get the objects confused.

Additionally, the names of those involved have been released, so they've been incorporated into the article.

peej - on 09/03/2010 at 09:36 wrote:
21,950 hits? Fuck a duck!

NewYork - on 09/03/2010 at 12:27 wrote:
Nothing in this article suggests the Wii is to blame.

For anyone rushing in here to claim "it's the dad's fault!", realise that it's pretty obvious to everybody that it's the dad's fault, and have a read of this.

Micro_Explosion - on 09/03/2010 at 22:10 wrote:
It's ridiculous that anyone can blame anyone the parents for this. It isn't their fault that a real gun looks so similar to the Wii remote that a child gets confused between the two.

I'm just surprised and relieved that this hasn't happened earlier but it's only going to get worse when the playstation wand (or whatever it's called) is released. That will look so much like a gun that even American teenagers will get confused.

I believe 2011 may go down as the year when game related deaths reached an all time high.

DDevil - on 10/03/2010 at 17:59 wrote:
I thought realistic toy guns weren't allowed any longer, which is why light guns and the such are usually bright orange or a similar colour.

ghazi - on 04/01/2012 at 11:25 wrote:
was her dad? Robocop? I've never seen any wii peripheral that looks like a semi-auto.

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