Oak Ridge girl shot in head taken off life support

OAK RIDGE — An 8-year-old girl shot in the head with a .357 Magnum handgun died this evening at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Taila Kneiser, daughter of Daisy Kneiser of Cedar Road, had been on life support and in critical condition since she was flown to the hospital by medical helicopter early Tuesday.

Taila suffered the gunshot wound near the top of her head about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday while in the bedroom she shared with her 4-year-old brother, Oak Ridge Police Chief David H. Beams said.

Daisy Kneiser was in another room at the time and called 911 immediately after the shooting, police said.

After the child was flown by medical helicopter to the Knoxville hospital, an ambulance was dispatched back to the home shortly afterward because Daisy Kneiser had suffered a seizure, according to reports.

While police officers have said the shooting was accidental, they are still trying to determine how it occurred and how the loaded weapon ended up in the children’s bedroom.

Police said they have been unable to talk to Daisy Kneiser about the incident because she remains so distraught.

Taila Kneiser last year was a second-grader at Eaton Elementary in Loudon County. The family was living in the Lenoir City area at that time. Daisy Kneiser, 36, and her children recently moved to Oak Ridge.