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Parents charged in toddler's accidental shooting death

Posted October 2, 2009

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— The parents of a 2-year-old Sanford boy killed Wednesday morning in an accidental shooting were charged Friday with not securing the gun in their home.

Melanie Yvonne Tyson, 21, and Joey Durrell Tyson, 22, both of 522 Cannon Circle in Sanford, were charged with a violation of the storage of a firearm to protect minors law. Both were released on a written promise to appear in court.

Melanie Tyson and two other children, ages 3 and 4, were home at the time of the shooting.

Police said it was unclear whether the 2-year-old or one of the other children was handling the gun when it went off.

The 2-year-old was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at Central Carolina Regional Hospital.

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  • Tired Of Excuses Oct 2, 2009

    I really don't know what to say here.
    It's a tragedy that an innocent child died in an environment that was suppose to protect him.
    You need a license to drive but not to be a parent.
    I hope the state swoops down and removes the other two until Mom and Dad grow up.

  • twc Oct 2, 2009

    illegals--GO HOME, it sounds like you may be happy that something bad has happened to someone.

  • illegals--GO HOME Oct 2, 2009

    I have no sympathy whatsoever for these so-called parents. But for them, their toddler would still be alive. It is 100% their fault as had they not left the gun unsecured with kids in their home, then this could NOT have ever happened. They are lucky that they only lost one child. I have worked cases like this before and it tore me apart to know that the child never should have died. Stupidity of people who call themselves parents caused this.

    I may get blasted because I am so harsh about it but I don't care. Twenty-one+ kids die in the US each day due to gun deaths and most are preventable. Multiply that times 365 days a year and see if it doesn't make you sick to think of needless deaths of children.

  • twc Oct 2, 2009

    Since wral failed to understand my post attempt I'll re-state it.

    I'm sure the parents feel much worse than anyone on here.

  • james27613 Oct 2, 2009

    Fact is more people die on the road of the USA from
    drunk drivers then those who are killed by firearms.

    More people are killed with a knife then with firearms.

    Yes, people kill people, and people with guns kill people more often and more easily than people with tacos.

  • twc Oct 2, 2009

    jackflash123, you are exactly right; there are too many people on the street!

  • colliedave Oct 2, 2009

    that they were married, were both over the legal age of consent in NC at the time their first child was conceived

    there is a vast difference betwwen the age of consent and the age of responsibility

  • Jack Flash Oct 2, 2009

    "These were not the brightest bulbs on the tree anyway. 21 and 22, and three kids, all under 4 y/o.
    Do the math."
    When I do the math I get that these two parents, whose shared last name indicates that they were married, were both over the legal age of consent in NC at the time their first child was conceived. When I do the psychology, I get that you are self-righteous and looking for any artificial means you can find to feel secure.

  • Jack Flash Oct 2, 2009

    "guns do not kill people, people kill people"

    ~Granny

    This reminds me of the idea pit bull apologists try to put out there that it's about the owner, not the dog. Both statements seem logical enough as long as you don't think very hard, but when you start noticing that no one ever has to say "tacos don't kill people; people kill people," or "it's the owner, not the toy poodle," that simple, simple logic starts falling apart.
    Yes, people kill people, and people with guns kill people more often and more easily than people with tacos.

  • james27613 Oct 2, 2009

    The death of this baby was 100% preventable.

    The owner of the firearm failed to take the minimum steps
    necessary to secure the firearm.

    all our firearms are secured but easily available if needed.

    problem is people make the purchase and do not think about what they are doing.

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