Florida 2-year-old kills dad after finding loaded Glock

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Florida 2-year-old kills dad after finding loaded Glock

A 2-year-old Florida boy fatally shot his father in front of his young siblings after somehow finding his parents’ unsecured handgun — and now his mother is facing criminal charges, authorities said.

The accident involving the toddler occurred as his father, 26-year-old Reggie Mabry, was playing video games at their Orlando home, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The gun was not properly stored,” Sheriff John Mina told reporters Monday. “In fact, it was easily accessible, even to a 2-year-old, and the result is a tragedy that no one in this community can really comprehend.”

Mabry was in the same room as his wife, Marie Ayala, 28, and two other children, a 5-year-old and a 6-month-old, when he was struck in the back by gunfire, police said.

Officers initially thought Mabry’s death was self-inflicted, but the man’s older child told them the 2-year-old was the one who accidentally shot their dad.

The toddler had been able to access a loaded semi-automatic Glock 19, which was left in a bag on the floor by his parents, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant obtained by The Post.

Florida mother Marie Rose Ayala was arrested after her 2-year-old son shot and killed her husband after finding an unsecured handgun, according to police.
Florida mother Marie Rose Ayala was arrested after her 2-year-old son shot and killed her husband after finding an unsecured handgun, according to police.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office
The toddler allegedly found the loaded semi-automatic Glock 19 in a bag on the floor.
The toddler allegedly found the loaded semi-automatic Glock 19 in a bag on the floor.
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The toddler’s mother, Marie Ayala, 28, was arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter by culpable negligence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of probation, Mina said.

Both parents had been on probation for child neglect and narcotics possession.

Ayala told a detective that she knew that as a convicted felon, she was not legally permitted to be in possession of a firearm.

Mabry was shot in the back while playing video games in the same room as his wife and their two other children.
Mabry was shot in the back while playing video games in the same room as his wife and their two other children.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office

The detective quoted the woman as previously telling Mabry of the Glock: “I was like, I told my husband, ‘Hey, we can’t have it, we going to have to get rid of it.’”

Ayala made her initial court appearance Monday and was ordered jailed without bond.

During Monday’s press conference, Mina suggested that the tragedy was preventable.

According to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, the gun was not properly stored.
According to Orange County Sheriff John Mina, the gun was not properly stored.
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“Now these young children have effectively lost both of their parents, and a young child has to live his life knowing he shot his father,” he said.

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