The Memphis Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that killed a father by his 3-year-old daughter.
Police received gunfire calls at 4300 Block of Harvest Hill Road, where they found Jerome Smith suffering from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the affidavit.
26-year-old Alante Jones accused of reckless murder and illegal possession of a gun.
According to Memphis police, Jones, Jerome Smith, his three-year-old daughter was identified as “A. Smith,” with Adreinne Thompson being in a car when Jones said he threw the gun. That’s when the police said the child picked it up and started playing with it.
According to the affidavit, the gun exploded, hitting Jerome Smith’s head, and killing him.
“The child will grow up and hear stories and this will happen, and whatever role they played in, I am sure that she is 3 years old this child will not gradually get rid of her,” said Rev. Charlie Caswell
Jones told the police that Smith had escorted him home. Jones said he rode the victim’s car with a pistol and sat in the back seat with the victim’s 3-year-old daughter, threw the pistol and the child began to hold it by playing with it. Then the gun fired, the police said she had killed her father.
The Reverend Caswell said the outcome goes beyond the tragic and no matter what exactly happened, the little girl was forever changed.
He said: “To understand negative childhood experiences and any trauma before their eighteenth birthday, this is without a doubt a painful experience that will affect this child for the rest of this child’s life.”
Whether or not you own a gun, Caswell also said, you need to talk to your children about gun safety. Tell your children, no matter how old or young, if you see a gun, never touch it.
“Safety of the gun, make sure not to put it down around the child and make sure there is a gun in the car, make sure to keep it closed or take out the bullets. There is something that will ensure everyone’s safety, let alone the safety of your child,” said Caswell.