Daughter of Stephen Curtis Chapman Killed in Tragic Accident

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   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.
   The girl, Maria, was hit in the driveway of the family's home
Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage
brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee
Highway Patrol.
   The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available,
apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are
expected.
   "It looks like a tragic accident," she said.
   Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in
Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital
spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.
   A publicist for Chapman's charity organization said the family
was expected to release a statement later Wednesday night.
   Chapman, who is originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have
promoted international adoption and have three daughters from
China, including Maria. They have three biological children.
   The singer's Web site says the couple was persuaded by their
oldest daughter to adopt a girl from China. The experience led the
family to adopt two more children and create Shaohannah's Hope, a
foundation and ministry to financially assist thousands of couples
in adoption.
   The Chapmans did missionary work at Chinese orphanages in 2006
and 2007, according to the Web site.
   "After our first trip to China, my wife and I knew our lives
were changing -- our eyes and hearts were opening to how big God
really is, and we have wanted to experience more of that," Chapman
says on the Web site.
   "We've really wondered whether or not we should just go to
China and stay there. But I don't think so. I believe God is
saying, 'I want you to go, get your heart broken, your eyes opened,
and then take this story back to the church in America and around
the world."'
   The 45-year-old singer also has released a book about being a
father entitled "Cinderella: The Love of Daddy and his Princess."
He has won five Grammy awards and 51 Dove awards from the Gospel
Music Association.
 

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