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2-year-old kills his mother with a bullet to the head in the middle of a Zoom meeting, the father charged

It is a sadly commonplace drama in the United States. 2-year-old killed mother attending Zoom meeting with a bullet to the head, leading to the father’s arrest Tuesday in Florida on charges of failing to put his gun out of the toddler’s reach .

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 on August 11. , with a single bullet and while the 21-year-old was in the middle of a Zoom meeting.

Participants call for help

“One of the girls passed out, she was bleeding. Her camera is on, her baby is crying in the back of the room, ”one of Shamaya Lynn’s colleagues described by phone to the operator of the emergency services, according to a recording of the call made public by the police and transcribed by the newspaper Orlando Sentinel. The father who was absent during the incident, also contacted the emergency services on his return, begging them to “hurry”, according to the daily.

Police officers dispatched to the scene then discovered Veondre 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 statement of prosecutor Dan Faggard.

This type of drama is 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.

20 Minutes with AFP

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