Mother charged after Florida toddler shoots, kills father

According to the Orange County Sheriff, two convicted felons who were renting a room in their east Orange County home left a loaded gun out in their bedroom and their two-year-old son got hold of it and fatally shot his dad. 28-year-old Marie Ayala, appeared before a judge at the Orange County Jail on Saturday.She faces charges of manslaughter, culpable negligence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.Deputies say on May 26, her 26-year-old husband Reggie Mabry was shot in the back inside the home on Tobie Court where he and Ayala rented a bedroom along with their three children aged 5, 2 and 5 months.Ayala told deputies the whole family was in the bedroom and Mabry was playing a video game in the corner when she heard a loud pop and realized he’d been shot.Deputies say it was the five-year-old who told them that his younger brother, just two years old, had gotten hold of the gun and pulled the pulled trigger, killing his dad.”The gun was not properly stored, and in fact, it wa s easily accessible even to a two-year-old, and the result is a tragedy in this community that no one can comprehend,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said. The children were not harmed in the incident and are all in the custody of DCF.The sheriff pleaded with gun owners to properly secure their weapons.”Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes. Now, these young children have effectively lost both of their parents,” Mina said. Ayala remains in the Orange County Jail.According to court records, both Mabry and Ayala were on probation on child neglect and drug charges and neither were allowed to have possession of a firearm.Florida law requires a loaded firearm in the home to be stored in a locked box or secured with a trigger lock if a child under 16 can access it.Family members grieve loss of a fatherMabry’s sister Cherrelle Bing is grieving and questions how a toddler could have done this.”Everyone is going through pain with this because, like I said, none of my kids were taught to harm anybody. They never meant to harm anybody. This was an accident that could not be prevented,” Bing said.Carlosyala grieves daughter Marie Marie and grandchildren who recently met Ayala the tough death of their father.Carlos says his daughter lived in situation with Mabry.Bing has more than her answers Monday night and brother was a loving father. “The first thing he would do when we would come home from work, he would go straight to his kids and play with his dele kids. Me and my mom are trying to wrap our heads around him loving his kids dele so much, and that one of his kids dele could possibly be responsible for this tragedy that’s happened to him. It is just very heartbreaking,” Bing said. A neighbor who runs a daycare not far from where the shooting happened is also in shock.” I believe my sister is innocent. I don’t think she has it in her heart to do anything like this. This was an accident and accidents happen,” Marie Ayala’s sister, Shellcie Ayala, said.

According to the Orange County Sheriff, two convicted felons who were renting a room in their east Orange County home left a loaded gun out in their bedroom and their two-year-old son got hold of it and fatally shot his dad.

The mom, 28-year-old Marie Ayala, appeared before a judge at the Orange County Jail on Saturday.

She faces charges of manslaughter, culpable negligence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Deputies say on May 26, her 26-year-old husband Reggie Mabry was shot in the back inside the home on Tobie Court where he and Ayala rented a bedroom along with their three children aged 5, 2 and 5 months.

Ayala told deputies the whole family was in the bedroom and Mabry was playing a video game in the corner when she heard a loud pop and realized he’d been shot.

Deputies say it was the five-year-old who told them that his younger brother, just two years old, had gotten hold of the gun and pulled the trigger, killing his dad.

“The gun was not properly stored, and in fact, it was easily accessible even to a two-year-old, and the result is a tragedy in this community that no one can comprehend,” Orange County Sheriff John Mina said.

The children were not harmed in the incident and are all in the custody of DCF.

The sheriff pleaded with gun owners to properly secure their weapons.

“Gun owners that do not properly secure their firearms are just one split second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes. Now, these young children have effectively lost both of their parents,” Mina said.

Ayala remains in the Orange County Jail.

According to court records, both Mabry and Ayala were on probation on child neglect and drug charges and neither were allowed to have possession of a firearm.

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Florida law requires a loaded firearm in the home to be stored in a locked box or secured with a trigger lock if a child under 16 can access it.

Family members grieve loss of a father

Mabry’s sister Cherrelle Bing is grieving and questions how a toddler could have done this.

“Everyone is going through pain with this because, like I said, none of my kids were taught to harm anybody. They never meant to harm anybody. This was an accident that could not be prevented,” Bing said.

Carlos Ayala grieves for his daughter Marie Ayala and grandchildren who recently witnessed the death of their father.

Carlos says his daughter lived in a tough situation with Mabry.

Bing has more questions than answers Monday night and says her brother was a loving father.

“The first thing he would do when we would come home from work, he would go straight to his kids and play with his kids. Me and my mom are trying to wrap our heads around him loving his kids so much, and that one of his kids could possibly be responsible for this tragedy that’s happened to him. It’s just very heartbreaking,” Bing said.

A neighbor who runs a daycare not far from where the shooting happened is also in shock.

“I believe my sister is innocent. I don’t think she has it in her heart to do anything like this. This was an accident and accidents happen,” Marie Ayala’s sister, Shellcie Ayala, said.

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