A Lancaster County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Christmas Eve shooting death of his 2-month-old daughter.
G. Scott Davis, 35, was also charged Monday with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children.
District Attorney Craig Stedman said Davis was alone with the baby girl and was handling a newly purchased 9mm handgun when the firearm discharged inside his apartment in the 2100 block of Old Philadelphia Pike in East Lampeter Township.
Davis's infant daughter, Kestyn Davis, was about 12 feet away and died after the bullet struck her in the abdomen.
"He did not aim the shot," Stedman said. "The way he described it he was not paying attention to where it was pointed because he did not believe there was a bullet in the chamber."
Authorities said that while the shooting was grossly negligent, it was completely unintentional.
Stedman said authorities are not out to punish Davis, but rather to make sure he never handles a gun again.
"We take no pleasure whatsoever in filing these charges," Stedman said. "I'm sure his grief is immeasurable."
His attorney said Davis plans to plead guilty to the charges.
"It's extremely reckless, a violation of the law, but clearly also as well a violation of the duty as a parent to protect their children," Stedman said.
Davis was arraigned and released on $300,000 unsecured bail. His preliminary hearing was scheduled Jan. 9.