The father of Kansas gets a probationary period when he kills the death of his one year old daughter
A Kansas father was given a probation at the death of his one-year-old daughter, who was accidentally shot by a boy who found his loaded gun.
Chance Smith, 33, was sentenced to a probationary period of one year before leaving the semi-automatic pistol within the reach of the two-year-old boy and his daughter Autumn Grace.
Autumn was killed less than a week before her second birthday.
Smith had watched the fall and the boy who was not his child on September 22, 2017 when he stepped outside the house.
Kansas father Chance Smith, 33, received a probation at the death of his one-year-old daughter (right), who was accidentally shot by a boy who found his loaded gun
Smith was sentenced to a probation period of one year because he had left the semi-automatic pistol within the reach of the two-year-old boy and his daughter Autumn Grace. Pictured are Adam, his wife Megan, Autumn, and their three-year-old son Liam
He told the police that he was about five to ten minutes away while he smoked a cigarette and let the dogs out.
Smith, who said he had never heard a shot, went back in and noticed that the boy was crying downstairs.
He discovered Autumn dead from a single gunshot wound in his bedroom upstairs. Gunpowder was found in the boy's hand.
The two children had gone upstairs to Smith's bedroom and found the loaded pistol under his remote-controlled mattress, which had been raised.
Smith told the researchers that he usually kept the gun on a shelf in his closet, but the night before had decided to drop the gun for no reason, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.
He also had an empty rifle in his closet, an empty pistol in his medicine cabinet, and more guns locked in a safe in his basement.
Public prosecutors said that the semi-automatic pistol that was used in autumn shots did not have a safety switch.
Smith had watched the fall and the boy who was not his child on September 22, 2017 when he stepped outside the house
Smith told the police that he was about five to ten minutes away while he smoked a cigarette and let the dogs out. When he came back, the boy cried and his daughter was dead
A baby gate that could block the access of the toddlers to the stairs also appeared to lean against a wall.
Smith did not argue in September for a match against two counts of serious child danger.
The District Attorney & # 39; s Office rejected an involuntary manslaughter as part of its plea agreement.
The two children had gone upstairs to Smith's bedroom and found the loaded pistol under his remote-controlled mattress, which had been raised
Both prosecutors and Smith's lawyer recommended a probation period of one year as part of the plea agreement because of the fact that Smith had little to no criminal history.
It is forbidden for him to make rifles during the period of the probation period and must complete a parenting class.
Smith can be ordered to serve a year in prison, his underlying punishment, if he fails to meet his probation.
Autumn Grace was buried on what her second birthday would have been.
Her mother, Megan Smith, described her as a smiling and funny toddler who loved to dance and sing and "gave so much love."
"We were just beginning to see more and more of that character and that personality blossomed," Megan told the Lawrence Journal-World in September last year.
"Autumn was such a gift and such a blessing in the short time that we got her."
Megan said that her daughter's death is the worst nightmare of everyone & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; We have so much disbelief & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; It is unimaginable. & # 39;
Autumn also left a three-year-old brother named Liam.
We had so many things that we were looking forward to doing with them, & # 39; Smith said.
& # 39; From simple family outings, until they see growing and graduating and getting married and having children and grandchildren. & # 39;