Mum charged with manslaughter as tot shoots dad dead while playing video games

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A woman has been charged with manslaughter after her two-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his father.

The incident happened last month in Orlando, Florida when 26-year-old Reggie Mabry was playing a video game at his home and one of his three children found the gun and fired it.

The bullet hit Mabry, 28, in the back, with authorities saying that Mabry and his 28-year-old wife, Marie Ayala were convicted felons and therefore prohibited from gun ownership.

Authorities do not know exactly how the two-year-old was able to retrieve the gun, and Marie was charged with manslaughter, culpable negligence, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

If convicted of the manslaughter charges, Marie is facing 15 years in prison, authorities say.

It is still unclear as to how the youngster managed to retrieve and fire the pistol, but Ayala revealed that the Glock 19 stored in the room was easy to retrieve, saying that "any child in the room could have figured out how to get the gun out of the bag."

Ayala also told police that it was her toddler who had fired the weapon.

Sheriff John Mina of Orange County was reported by the New York Times as saying: "The gun was not properly stored. In fact, it was easily accessible even to a two-year-old, and the result is a tragedy."

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Sheriff Mina continued: "Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes.

"Their father is dead. Their mother is in jail, and a young child has to live their life knowing that he shot his father."

The tragic shooting comes as Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group, revealed that 163 people were shot and killed by children unintentionally, the Independent reported.

So far, the group reports that the number for this year is 46.

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