North Carolina man charged after toddler daughter shoots herself

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:09pm EDT

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - The father of a 2-year-old North Carolina girl who died after shooting herself with a handgun she found while playing was in jail on Monday facing charges including involuntary manslaughter, police said.

Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, said 19-year-old Melvin Clark's daughter discovered a loaded .22-caliber, semi-automatic pistol that he had left under the living room couch in the home where she played on Saturday.

The child was wounded when the pistol discharged and died in the hospital, police said.

No one else in the home was injured.

Clark was arrested on Sunday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; editing by Jackie Frank)

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gregbrew56 wrote:
Perhaps it will give the father some time to reflect on the mistake he made that cost his daughter her life. Perhaps it will give pause to others that might otherwise not properly secure their arms.

Sad. I just hope we can learn by this.

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