Father Faces Manslaughter Charges After Baby Dies Of Gunshot To Abdomen

January 6, 2014 1:52 p.m.

A Pennsylvania man faces charges of involuntary manslaughter after fatally shooting his 2-month-old daughter on Christmas Eve.

G. Scott Davis, 35, was “messing” with a loaded handgun at his East Lampeter, Pa. apartment when his baby daughter Kestyn Davis was shot, Lancaster Online reported Monday. Police reported that Kestyn was shot in the abdomen and soon after died at a local hospital.

District Attorney Craig Stedman told the publication the firearm’s discharge was “unintentional” — he said Davis pulled the trigger but apparently did not realize there was a round in the chamber. Davis was alone with his daughter at the time of the incident, according to officials.

He was arraigned Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter, as well as misdemeanor counts of endangering a child and reckless endangerment. Davis’ attorney told Lancaster Online that his client plans to plead guilty to the charges, the most severe of which carries a potential 10-year maximum prison term.

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