It is a sad day in Pennsylvania as a man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for accidentally fatally shooting his two-month-old daughter. Lancaster Online reported on Jan. 6, 2014, that 35-year-old G. Scott Davis has been charged with other offenses as well in the shooting death of his baby daughter on Christmas Eve, 2013.
Davis' lawyer has said that his client plans to plead guilty to the charges and is devastated by what has happened.
Davis was said to be "messing with" a brand new 9mm handgun and purposely pulled the trigger while at his home. The bullet accidentally hit two-month old Kestyn in the chest as she laid in her baby swing nearby.
On Monday, Davis was arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and reckless endangerment. He was released on $300,000 unsecured bail, and could serve up to a maximum of 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Davis is said to be a novice with firearms as he's only fired a handgun twice in his life.
The man was home alone with his daughter while his wife and father-in-law went out shopping for tuxedos to prepare for a formal ceremony after the couple was married over the summer.
Davis was not familiar with the basic elements of the 9mm handgun or the safety feature. He pulled the trigger and fired one of the 10 rounds. That round hit the two-month-old in the chest and received such damage that there was no medical treatment that could save her.
"There was nothing anyone could have done once he made the decision to pull the trigger," District Attorney Craig Stedman told reporters.
Jeff Conrad, Davis' lawyer, said that his client is "a good man and a hard-working man."
Conrad also said that Davis plans to pleased guilty to all chargers and wants to do so "as soon as logistically possible."
25-year-old Alyssa M. Davis, the baby's mother, will not be charged.