Grandparents charged after 5-year-old girl accidentally shoots, kills herself


Mariah Davis died after accidentally shooting herself at her grandparents’ home.

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WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – Sadly, it’s a story that we hear all too often.

A child is injured or killed when they stumble upon a loaded firearm that was left in a home.

Earlier this month, 5-year-old Mariah Davis died after she shot herself with her grandparents’ gun.

Family members say Davis was playing upstairs when she found the gun under her grandmother’s pillow.

Davis accidentally shot herself in the neck and died from her injuries.

Now, prosecutors in Michigan have filed charges against Davis’ grandparents.

Frederick Davis, 65,  and Patricia McNeal, 65, were charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and a felony firearm charge.

Prosecutors told WXYZ that they also filed charges against an 80-year-old man after his great-grandson shot himself in November.

Authorities say the 4-year-old boy found the great-grandfather’s gun and shot himself in the hand.

Fortunately, he survived his injuries.

Now, 80-year-old Joseph Williams and the boy’s mother, 30-year-old Andrea Drewery, are facing charges of second-degree child abuse and a felony firearm charge.

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