Authorities in the United States stated on Monday that a two-year-old boy in Florida shot and killed his father after his parents left a loaded rifle unattended.
Officers rushed to a 911 call to the victim’s home in Orlando on May 26 and discovered Marie Ayala, the child’s mother, performing CPR on her husband, Reggie Mabry.
The 26-year-old, who died in a hospital shortly after, was initially presumed to have shot himself, but the eldest of the couple’s three children later informed police that his two-year-old sibling had pulled the gun, according to Orange County Sheriff John Mina.
The gun was in a bag that Mabry had left on the ground, and the youngster uncovered it and shot his father in the back while he was playing a video game on the computer, according to court filings.
At the time of the occurrence, the five family members, including a five-month-old girl, were all in the same room.
According to the sheriff, both parents were on parole at the time for multiple counts of child negligence and drug usage.
“Gun owners who fail to secure their firearms correctly are just a split second away from one of these tragedies occurring in their homes,” Mina added.
“These young children have virtually lost both of their parents at this point.” Their father is no longer alive. Their mother is in prison, and a small child must live with the knowledge that his father was shot,” the sheriff stated.
In the United States, such disasters are not commonplace.
Another two-year-old child discovered a revolver left in a Paw Patrol bag in August 2021 and tragically shot his mother in the head while she was participating in a video conference.
The new disaster occurs as the country grapples with gun rules in the aftermath of multiple deadly mass shootings, including at a grocery, a hospital, and a primary school.