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Chapman's daughter killed

May 23, 2008|From the Associated Press

The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.

The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family's home south of Nashville Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The brother apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are expected. "It looks like a tragic accident," she said.

Chapman and his wife have three biological children and had adopted three others from China. Maria was the youngest.

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