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The parent is finally being charged......

Posted by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM
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  • Cops: Girl, 3, shot herself in head with dad’s pistol





  • Zuri Chambers, 3, picked up her father’s gun that had been left by the front door of their home and shot herself in the head
  • The fatal incident was the third time the girl had played with a gun she found in the home, police said
  • Thomas Chambers, 41, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter

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Thomas Chambers, 41, is facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Watch Nancy Grace Wednesday night for the latest details in the case. 

A Florida father is facing criminal charges after police say his 3-year-olddaughter fatally shot herself in the head with his loaded pistol inside the family’s Lake Worth home.

Thomas Chambers, 41, is facing a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child. A judge released him from jail Sunday on his own recognizance.

Police say on February 13, Zuri Chambers, 3, picked up her father’s pistol that was left on a table near the front entrance of the home and shot herself between the eyes. The child pulled the trigger approximately 4 to 6 inches away from her face, according to the police report.

The 3-year-old was airlifted to the Delray Medical Center where she died a short time later.

An autopsy report determined the child’s death to be an accidental self-inflicted penetrating gunshot wound to the head and brain.

While the girl’s death was ruled an accident, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the charges against the father are warranted since he had received firearm training and knew how to keep his weapons safe.

Chambers, who has no criminal history, had a concealed carry permit, according to police.

According to Florida law, gun owners are required to keep their firearms locked in a box unless carrying them or keeping them close enough to easily use.

Police say the father told them he left the loaded firearm on the table so he would not forget it before leaving for work. Chambers said he carries a weapon to work for safety reasons.

But according to investigators, the fatal incident was the third time the girl had played with a gun she found in the home.

The arrest report states the girl’s mother told police she once woke up to her daughter pointing a gun at her.

Another time, police say the girl grabbed a firearm that was sitting on a laundry basket, the report states.

The girl’s father told police that at no point did he believe his daughter was strong enough to pull the trigger of the pistol that killed her. He said the weapon had a 10-pound trigger pull, which is the only safety on the weapon.

The report states a deputy who did a walkthrough of the home after the shooting found a fully loaded pistol on top of a speaker in Chambers’ bedroom next to a playpen. Police also found an unloaded shotgun in the closet

If convicted, Chambers faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

HLN reached out to Chambers and his family for a comment, but calls were not returned. Court records did not indicate whether he has retained an attorney.

by on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM
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TSNDDY
by Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Wow, how careless.. :(
sstripedmonkey
by Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM
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What the actual fuck is wrong with this moron, and mom for not doing something about it BEFORE her daughter killed herself.
NWP
by guerrilla girl on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Finally one is being charged. Too bad it's Florida. They don't have the best track record prosecuting folks.

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:48 PM

I have zero issues with this.  That poor little girl

acrogodess
by Silver Member on Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:50 PM
I hope he is actually sentenced.
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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM
What the hell......
mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I hope he is convicted and sentenced to jail time.

Karmahappens
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Stupid careless asshole.  Unload the damned gun-use a trigger lock or get a $100 safe-put it by the door and lock the car keys in it when you come home form work. So you get the keys and the gun and then go to work.

Pretty fucking simple!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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Thomas Chambers needs to be in jail  and/or isolated for life. He is too stupid and irresponsible to be amongst the rest of civilization.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:54 AM
Wow. That poor girl. :-(
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