Saturday, January 23, 2021

And he got custody of the children?

Philly dad charged after 9-year-old daughter accidentally shot by 5-year-old boy

A Philadelphia father has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his 9-year-old daughter was accidentally shot dead by a 5-year-old boy inside the home this week, according to new reports.

The little girl, whose name was not released by police, was shot in the right side of the head in the back bedroom of a home on North Bouvier Street shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

She was rushed in critical condition to Temple University Hospital, and transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she died at 1:50 p.m., according to the report.

Her dad, Blake Davis, 39, faces an involuntary manslaughter rap, in addition to two firearms violations — including one issued because he was prohibited from possessing a gun due to a prior criminal conviction, the paper reported, citing police. He has also been charged with corruption of minors, and reckless endangerment.

A 5-year-old boy inside the home fired the fatal shot after a 12-year-old, also in the home, provided him with the weapon, WPVI-TV reported

Police have not said how the children are related — but Patrick Flood, who lives nearby and is Davis’ lifelong friend, told the Inquirer Wednesday that the 12-year-old boy was the girl’s brother, and the 5-year-old was their cousin.

The children were home at home without adult supervision, the local station reported, citing the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Davis recently moved into the home with the children and a girlfriend, Flood told the Inquirer.

He has custody of the children, but their mother lives nearby.

Davis was arrested and convicted in Philadelphia eight times between 2001 and 2012 — mostly for drug dealing, but also for simple assault and contempt of court, according to court records obtained by the Inquirer.

No comments: