girl fatally shot herself in Fayetteville, North Carolina,
over the weekend,
and the toddler's father faces
involuntary manslaughter charges, police said.Melvin Andre Clark Jr.,
19, who was arrested Sunday, also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon,
Fayetteville police spokesman Lt.
Todd Joyce said.The girl,
Samarri Tyana Beauford, was playing in the living room of the home where she
lived with her aunt and grandmother Saturday when she found a loaded .
22-caliber pistol that police say Clark had left under the couch,
Joyce said.Joyce would not comment on where the toddler shot herself but said, "
A child that small, they don't have the strength to pull a trigger with their index finger,
but they are strong enough to use pressure from their two thumbs."Typically,
they'll be looking at the weapon when these things happen."
Kids and guns: Not isolated tragediesThe
toddler was taken about 12:30 p.m.
to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center,
where she died, CNN affiliate WRAL reported. No one else was injured,
the station said.Clark was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond,
Joyce said.He appeared in court Monday,
and his case was continued until November 7,
according to the county clerk's office.
No attorney was had been assigned to his case.Police pursued the involuntary manslaughter
charge because Samarri was killed in a "reckless or careless manner" or via a "heedless indifference"
to the safety of others, Joyce said.Several outstanding warrants were found when police ran Clark's name, including misdemeanor cruelty to animals, larceny and marijuana possession charges, police said, and Clark had been sentenced on convictions of breaking and entering, larceny and possession of a firearm by a minor.