A young father in the US whose two-year-old child fatally shot his mother during a Zoom call, has been arrested for failure to secure a firearm and manslaughter.
Veondre Avery was arrested on Tuesday and appeared before a Florida court the next day where he was charged with manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm. The gun had reportedly been stored by Avery inside a Paw Patrol backpack – where it was kept loaded with a bullet in the chamber and no safety or lock.
“While Avery was out of the home, Lynn had been on the video conference call with co-workers,” said the state attorney for the 18th judicial circuit’s office in a statement. “Unknown to her, their 2-year-old child had gotten possession of the firearm, and moved to a position behind Lynn, firing a single shot striking her.”
One of Lynn’s coworkers in the Zoom call was the first to call 911.”I don’t know where to begin,” the coworker said on the phone. “One of the girls passed out she was bleeding. She has the camera on. Her baby is crying in the back.”
Avery also called emergency services when he arrived but it was too late as Lynn was reported dead at the scene. Avery faces up to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter charge as well as a R147 300 fine and 15 years of probation.
Avery is currently in Seminole County Jail and is being held without bond. A trial date has not yet been set.
Sources: Business Insider, The South African
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