Florida mother charged with manslaughter after 2-year-old picks up loaded gun and shoots, kills father

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A Florida mother was arrested and charged with manslaughter after her 2-year-old son found a loaded gun and shot and killed his father.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said Marie Rose Ayala, 28, was arrested and jailed for negligent homicide, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of probation.

Marie Rose Ayala, 28, was charged with manslaughter after her 2-year-old son gained access to a gun and shot and killed his father.

Marie Rose Ayala, 28, was charged with manslaughter after her 2-year-old son gained access to a gun and shot and killed his father.
(Fox 35 Orlando)

He said the 2-year-old boy got hold of a loaded gun that had been left in a bedroom and shot his father Reggie Mabry, 26, in the back while he was playing video games in a corner of the bedroom.

Initially, police thought the shooting may have been suicide, but the couple’s 5-year-old, who witnessed the shooting, said his younger brother was the one who pulled the trigger.

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Sheriff Mina said a 5-month-old baby was also in the house at the time of the shooting, but none of the children were injured.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina holds a news conference after a 2-year-old child was able to grab a gun and shoot his father.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina holds a news conference after a 2-year-old child was able to grab a gun and shoot his father.
(Fox 35 Orlando)

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The parents, Mabry and Ayala, were both convicted criminals and were not allowed to possess a weapon. Police said they were both on probation for child neglect and drug possession.

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Sheriff Mina described the shooting as “tragic” and reminded gun owners to make sure their firearms are safe.

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