POOLER, Ga. (AP) — An Army soldier has been charged after authorities say his 2-year-old daughter fatally shot herself with a gun left on his nightstand.
Pooler police say 24-year-old Joshua Henry faces charges of reckless endangerment and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.
Police say Cheyanne Henry was asleep in her father’s bedroom early July 5. When Henry awoke, he found his housemate had returned from duty in Afghanistan around 3 a.m. Police say the two men were talking when they heard a gunshot from the bedroom.
Police say the girl woke up and found her father’s handgun on the nightstand. She died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Police say the shooting is tragic, but they had an obligation to file charges.
Henry was released on bond Thursday evening.
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