Mother Arrested in Florida After Two-Year-Old Fatally Shoots Father

A 28-year-old Florida mother of three was arrested after her two-year-old son shot and killed his father as he played video games in their Orlando home.

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Reggie Mabry, 26, was shot in the back with a Glock handgun in the house he shared with Marie Rose Ayala and their three small children. Ayala says she heard a loud pop at the time of the incident, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call reporting that a man had been shot.

When deputies arrived, Ayala was performing CPR on Mabry. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Ayala was taken to the Orange County jail on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and violation of probation.

Mabry and Ayala were both on probation for child neglect and possession of narcotics.

Ayala’s five-year-old son told her the two-year-old had fired the handgun, hitting Mabry in the back. It is yet not known how the child got the gun. Ayala told detectives that it was usually kept in a bookbag hanging on a nail in the wall about three feet off the ground.

Florida has Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws intended to reduce juvenile injuries and deaths by imposing criminal liability on parents who do not store guns safely out of the reach of minors.

“Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split-second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes,” Sheriff John Mina said, “Now these young children have effectively lost both of their parents. Their father is dead. Their mother is in jail. And a young child has to live their life knowing that he shot his father. These tragedies are 100% preventable.”

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