A dad of a toddler who found a loaded gun and fatally shot his mom has been arrested.
Veondre Avery was arrested by the Seminole County sheriff’s office on Tuesday after his son discovered a gun in his backpack and shot his mom, Shamya Lynn, while she was on a work video call.
Avery is charged on the grounds of manslaughter and failure to securely store a firearm.
As per Insider, the state attorney for the 18th judicial circuit’s office in a statement: “While AVERY was out of the home, Lynn had been on the video conference call with co-workers.”
“Unknown to her, their 2-year-old child had gotten possession of the firearm, and moved to a position behind Lynn, firing a single shot striking her.”
One of Lynn’s colleagues on the call rang the emergency services for help after she saw Lynn fall backward.
According to Fox News, the coworker told authorities she saw the toddler in the background of the video. She then heard a noise before Lynn fell backward.
Avery also phoned 911 when he discovered Lynn’s body.
“I literally just got home and I come in the room… (and) my girlfriend, who was working on the computer, she’s just laid back and there’s blood everywhere,” Avery said on the call, Fox News reports.
Emergency services attended the address but ultimately it was too late and Lynn was pronounced dead at home.
Insider reports that in an investigation by Florida’s state attorney for the eighteenth judicial circuit, it was discovered the gun had previously belonged to Avery.
Avery is said to have left the Paw Patrol backpack containing the gun, unsecured on the floor.
He faces up to fifteen years in prison for the manslaughter charge, the Washington Post reports.
He could also face a $10,000 fine and fifteen years of probation.