Investigators: 3-year-old child held the gun that shot and killed 7-year-old girl

Melina Torres, 7, was shot and killed in Adams County Friday afternoon (Photo courtesy Torres family)

The Adams County Sheriff's office said an investigation has uncovered that a 3-year-old child held the gun that shot and killed a 7-year-old Adams County girl last week.

Melina Torres died at Blessing Hospital after getting shot at a residence near Beverly, Illinois Friday afternoon.

The girl's mother, grandmother and uncle have been arrested in connection to the girl's shooting death.

Karen L. Torres, the girl's biological mother, was arrested Monday on an obstruction of justice charge.

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She was taken to the Adams County jail on a $6,000 bond.

Torres is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

The girl's grandmother, Julie Roberts, 49, and uncle, Daniel Roberts, 32, were arrested Friday night.

They appeared in court Monday morning.

Adams County Chief Deputy Joe Lohmeyer said a firearm was placed in a 3-year-old's hands Friday afternoon, which ultimately led to the child's death.

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