Veondre Avery, 22, charged with negligent manslaughter and failing to securely store his gun, has been taken into custody, police and a prosecutor said.
It was with his gun, which he had stored – loaded and without the safety catch – in a Paw Patrol backpack, a children’s television series, that their child killed Shamaya Lynn at their home, the August 11, with a single bullet and while the 21-year-old was in the middle of a Zoom meeting.
“One of the girls is passed out, she was bleeding. Her camera is on, her baby is crying in the back of the room,” one of Ms. Lynn’s colleagues described to the emergency services operator over the phone, according to a report. recording of the call made public by the police and transcribed by the newspaper Orlando Sentinel.
Mr. Avery, who was absent during the incident, also contacted the emergency services on his return, begging them to “hurry”, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Police officers dispatched to the scene then discovered Mr. Avery trying to revive his partner in their apartment in Altamonte Springs, a town north of Orlando, Florida. But the death was pronounced shortly after by the paramedics.
The date of the trial has not yet been determined, said the press release from prosecutor Dan Faggard.
This type of drama is sadly common in the United States. In late September, a 2-year-old boy also died in Texas after finding a loaded gun in a loved one’s backpack.
“Each year, in the United States, hundreds of children access loaded and unsecured weapons” and fire involuntarily, according to a recent report by Everytown For Gun Safety, an association campaigning for better regulation of firearms.
According to his count, these “unintentional shootings” of minors have caused 879 deaths since 2015 and 114 since January 1.