ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida mom was arrested and booked into jail on several charges after her two-year-old son accessed a gun and shot his father, who later died at the hospital, according to Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded to a home on Tobie Court on May 26, 2022, and found 26-year-old Reggie Maybry shot. He was taken to the hospital where he later died, OCSO said in a news release.
Officials said the shooting was initially being investigated as a possible suicide, but at the hospital, it was determined that Maybry was shot in the back. A five-year-old told deputies that his younger brother shot their dad.
A five-month-old child was also at the home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
Sheriff John Mina told reporters that the gun was not secured and that the two-year-old child was able to access it, which led to charges against the children's mom.
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Marie Rose Ayala, 28, was arrested and booked into jail on manslaughter by culpable negligence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and violation of probation.
Sheriff Mina said Ayala and Maybry were both convicted felons, on probation, and were not allowed to own a firearm.
He described the situation as "tragic," and that is should serve as a reminder for gun owners to secure their firearms.