Mother Charged With Manslaughter After 2-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Father

A mother in Florida has been officially charged with manslaughter in the wake of her 2-year-old child fatally shooting his father with a firearm that he discovered in the Orlando home of the family late last month.

When the deputies from the Orange County Sheriff’s office first arrived at the house, they discovered 28-year-old Marie Rose Ayala attempting to perform CPR on 26-year-old Reggie Mabry in the wake of what they thought to be an attempted suicide.

“It was initially thought based on the evidence that this could be a suicide, but we investigate all deaths,” stated John Mina, the Sheriff of Orange County, as part of a press conference held on Monday. “Detectives learned at the hospital that Reggie Mabry was actually shot in the back, and at the scene, a five-year-old told the authorities it was his two-year-old brother who shot their father.”

As stated in an affidavit, Ayala stated to authorities that Mabry had been playing video games when she heard an extremely loud bang from the other room, read a report from CNN. Mabry was rushed to a hospital at which he was later pronounced dead.

Ayala also stated that the pair stored a Glock handgun that was usually held well over three free above the ground inside of a backpack.

Mina went on to state that Mabry and Ayala illegally possessed the firearm as both were convicted felons and still on probation for narcotics charges and additional charges for child neglect. Detectives stated that the illegal weapon was kept in the very same room that the pair shared with their three kids, all of whom are under 6.

“The gun was not properly stored,” exclaimed Mina about the weapon. “In fact, it was easily accessible, even to a two-year-old. And the result is a tragedy … in this community that no one can really comprehend.”

The sheriff also reminded everyone of the extreme importance of utilizing proper storage methods for all of your firearms in order to combat tragedies like the one that has killed Mabry and ended up putting Ayala in prison.

“Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split-second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes,” concluded Mina. “Now these young children have effectively lost both of their parents. Their father is dead. Their mother is in jail. And a young child has to live their life knowing that he shot his father. These tragedies are 100% preventable.”

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