You know that Christmas Eve baby shooting that Charles and I obsessed over, wondering if charges would ever be filed? Well the father of two-month-old Kestyn Davis has been charged with involuntary manslaughter:
"This was clearly an unintentional discharge," Stedman said. "He's absolutely devastated by the death of his daughter.
Involuntary manslaughter is a second-degree felony that carries a potential 10-year maximum prison term, upon conviction. A conviction also would make it illegal for Davis to own or possess a firearm again. Stedman said that was considered in filing the appropriate charges.
According to the police, G. Scott Davis, 35, said he had recently bought the 9mm handgun and was "messing" around with it on the couch when he pulled the trigger, not realizing there was a bullet in the chamber. His daughter was just 12 feet away when the bullet struck her in the stomach. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Craig Stedman says that first responders were traumatized by the event.
According to a recent study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, reducing the prevalence of household gun ownership—"especially handguns"—would be the most effective means of reducing the incidence of child shootings.