A family member owned the gun that discharged earlier Tuesday afternoon in an East Lampeter Township home, killing a 2-month-old child, police said.
Police arrived at an apartment in the 2100 block of Old Philadelphia Pike at 2:24 p.m. where they found the infant suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to an East Lampeter Township police news release. Police and other first responders tried to render aid to the young victim, but the child was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the Lancaster General Hospital, police said.
Saying it would compound a tragedy and serve no purpose, a Lancaster County judge spared an East Lampeter man prison time for accidentally shooting his infant daughter.
Instead, Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced G. Scott Davis, 36, to six years of probation Friday after Davis pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and related charges in the Dec. 24 death of 2-month-old Kestyn Davis.
Davis had been playing with a 9-mm handgun he’d bought earlier in December when he pulled the trigger while the gun was in his lap, according to authorities. He knew the gun had a magazine, but didn’t realize a bullet was in the chamber.
The bullet struck Kestyn, who was in a swing at the other end of the room a few feet away. Kestyn died shortly after being shot in the abdomen.
Almost immediately, Davis’ wife, Alyssa, and her father returned home from shopping and her father called 911.
They had been picking up tuxedos so Alyssa and Scott could have a formal wedding ceremony, according to Scott’s lawyer, Jeffrey Conrad, said. The couple married in April.