A Florida man whose two-year-old son fatally shot his mother during a video call has been arrested for failing to keep a gun out of a child’s reach.
Wondre Avery, 22, appeared in court on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested on charges of murder and failure to obtain a weapon. His next court date has been fixed for November 23.
On August 11, 21-year-old Shamaya Lynn was on a Zoom work call at her residence in Altamonte Springs when her co-worker on the other side of the call heard a loud gunshot and saw Lynn’s two-year-old son standing. in the background. Lin immediately fell from her seat and did not respond to her colleague’s attempts to reach her. The coworker then decided to contact 911.
“One of the girls died, she was bleeding. He has a camera. Her baby is crying in the back,” the coworker said in the emergency call, according to Orlando Sentinel.
The child shot Lynn in the head, who was alone at home with her mother that day. After examining forensic evidence, police said it was “clearly established” that the son discovered the gun and shot his mother without outside help.
After Mr Avery returned home, he also contacted emergency services, begging them to “hurry up”. Police said that when they arrived, Mr Avery was trying desperately to revive his girlfriend. However, Lin was pronounced dead soon after.
Since the gun belonged to Mr Avery and he left it unprotected, loaded and unprotected, he has been charged with neglect and murder, police say.
Recent studies suggest that accidental shootings by children have increased in the US during the pandemic. According to Research By advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety, 128 deaths from unintentional shootings by children were reported between March and December 2020, a 31 percent increase from the same period in 2019.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Florida