FLINT, MI – The parents of a 3-year-old who was accidentally shot and killed on Sunday evening have been charged in that incident.
Kala Marshea White, 28-years-old and Jaqualein Ovaiarie Scott-Bradley, 28 -years-old, are each charged with involuntary manslaughter and multiple other felonies related to the death of their 3-year-old son, Jace Eric Scott.
According to investigative reports from the City of Flint Police, around 10:00 PM Sunday evening, May 17th, 2020, White and Scott-Bradley were watching TV on the first floor of their home on Cadillac Street when they sent Jace and his 7-year-old sister upstairs to their bedroom. Moments later, the parents heard a gunshot noise come from upstairs and found Jace lying on the top bunk bed next to a 9mm handgun with a wound to his head. The parents and their daughter then rushed Jace to Hurley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 10:16 PM.
White is charged with six felonies including involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year-felony; child abuse second degree for leaving a loaded firearm in an area accessible to children, a 10-year felony; child abuse second degree committed in the presence of another child, a 10-year felony; and three related counts of felony firearm which carries a mandatory term of two years in prison.
Scott-Bradley is charged with the same six counts and an additional felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and another count of felony firearm.
“This is a tragic and heartbreaking incident that could have been prevented with the proper safe handling and storage of a deadly weapon,” said Prosecutor Leyton.
“In an instant, a child’s life was lost and two parents now face homicide charges related to his death,” Prosecutor Leyton said. “I realize a lot of individuals keep weapons in their homes for the safety and protection of their family. With that right comes great responsibility,” Prosecutor Leyton
“I implore everyone who owns a gun to make sure their weapons are properly and safely stored and inaccessible to children so that we do not have to suffer another preventable tragedy like this,” he said.
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