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Man mistakes farmhand for groundhog, shoots her

Associated Press • May 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM

A northeast Ohio sheriff says a 79-year-old man accidentally shot and killed one of his farmhands after mistaking her for a groundhog as she lay in tall grass.

Natasha Stover, 22, of New Philadelphia, was shot once in the head Monday afternoon in Sugar Creek Township south of Canton. She died Tuesday at a hospital.

Stark County Sheriff George Maier says Stover was shooting at targets with a BB gun when her boss, Ralph Adams Jr., spotted what he thought was a groundhog in one of his fields. The sheriff says Adams shot Stover with a rifle from a distance of 165 feet.

No charges have been filed. Maier said Wednesday the investigation will be given to the Stark County prosecutor's office for review.

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