Ga. soldier charged after daughter, 2, shoots self

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POOLER, Ga. — 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 whne 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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stillamazed 07/20/12 - 07:52 am
Very Sad

But why in the world would anyone leave a gun where a child could get ahold of it? Even if it had been kept on safety she most likely would not have been able to shoot it. Prayers go out to this family.

redapples 07/20/12 - 08:48 am
This is so sad, but at the

This is so sad, but at the same time this tragedy frustrates me! People need to take the responsibility of their rights more seriously. Just because you have the right to have a handgun doesn't mean you should if you don't know how to protect others from potential harm. This is not an accident. This is negligence. Under no circumstances should that little girl have been in the room with an unsecure handgun.

pommom38 07/20/12 - 09:37 am

Tragic and it happens all the time.
What I don't get is why are some charged and others not?? Double freakin standard! This exact same thing occured just few weeks ago, just insert a COP left his gun out.
He wasn't charged with anything...
It makes me sick that anyone owning a gun is so irresponsible, what makes me sicker is that even though circumstances are the same, some pay and others walk away.

corgimom 07/20/12 - 01:40 pm
It is different because he is

It is different because he is a soldier. Soldiers are held to a different standard, they fall under UCMJ. It's not a double standard.

And he's not done yet, the Army will be filing more charges against him.

And sometimes charges are filed if they want to investigate the shooting- maybe they think something isn't quite right. It sounds very odd to me too.

Every circumstance is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all on things like this.

corgimom 07/20/12 - 01:42 pm
The mother of that baby also

The mother of that baby also may have wanted charges pressed against him. Can't say that I blame her. You just don't know, based on the small story.

x58dav8r 07/20/12 - 02:16 pm
2 Corgimom

A small correction, Ma'am. You said, "It is different because he is a soldier. Soldiers are held to a different standard, they fall under UCMJ. It's not a double standard."
Actually he falls under civil authorities AND UCMJ. Some might call that double jeopardy but that's the way it is. He'll face criminal charges and military charges.

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