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The downside to stashing your loaded firearm in your 2-year-old's backpack ...


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... is that your 2-year-old can find it.

ABC News

ABC News said:

Police in central Florida have arrested the father of a toddler who found a loaded handgun in his "Paw Patrol" backpack and fatally shot his mother while she was on a Zoom call for work.


Veondre Avery, 22, was arrested Tuesday and charged with negligent manslaughter and unsafe storage of a firearm, Altamonte Springs police said.


Investigators said the 2-year-old found the gun in the backpack on Aug. 11 and fired a single shot that hit his mother, Shamaya Lynn, in the head.


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On 10/14/2021 at 4:15 PM, Smallbore said:

Are there witnesses? Would it not be easy to blame a two year old for the action of an adult?

Your questions are valid.. The father even "coincidently" arrived home just  after it happened and called 911. The incident happened on August 11. That would seem to have been enough time to do a thorough investigation. I assume that there was gun powder residue on the child, but not on the man. The child's prints may have been on the gun. The article is very limited. Perhaps the Zoom session was recorded and gave more evidence. Maybe a neighbor heard the shot just prior to the man arriving home. For our part it is just conjecturing. 

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