A 28-year-old Florida mother on probation for child neglect has been charged in her husband’s death after authorities alleged her 2-year-old son found an unsecured handgun in their home of Orlando and had shot his father in the back.
Marie Ayala was being held in the Orange County Jail Wednesday morning for culpably negligent manslaughter, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of probation, records show. from online jail.
“The gun was not properly stored. In fact, it was easily accessible even to a 2-year-old child and the result is a tragedy…no one can quite understand,” the county sheriff said. Orange, John Mina, at a press conference on Tuesday.
The fatal shooting unfolded around noon on May 26 at an East Orlando home that Ayala and her husband, Reggie Mabry, 26, shared with their three children, ages 5, 2 and 5 months, Mina said. . Ayala was arrested and jailed on Friday, according to prison records.
Ayala’s 2-year-old son found a Glock 19 pistol in a bag on the floor of their home near a laundry room, according to court documents obtained by ABC affiliate station WFTV in Orlando.
Ayala allegedly told deputies her husband was playing video games with their children when she heard a loud noise, according to court documents. She said she went to investigate the noise and found her husband shot to the ground, the documents show.
Mina said deputies responded at home after receiving a 911 call about a shooting. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Ayala performing CPR on her husband, who was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.
He said Ayala and Mabry’s 5-year-old son told deputies that his 2-year-old brother shot their father.
“It’s important to note that Mabry and Ayala were on probation for child neglect and narcotics charges,” Mina said.
Mina said the episode is a lesson for all gun owners to make sure their guns are safe and out of the reach of children.
“Gun owners who don’t properly secure their guns are just a fraction of a second away from one of these tragedies happening in their homes,” Mina said.
He said the children of Mabry and Ayala must now suffer the consequences of a “100% preventable” incident.
“Now the children have effectively lost both parents,” Mina said. “Their father is dead and their mother is in prison, and a young child has to live his life knowing that he shot his father.”
It was unclear on Wednesday whether Ayala hired a lawyer and was appointed as a public defender.