Father indicted on involuntary manslaughter, other charges in shooting death of 2 year old
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A 34-year-old Dayton man has been indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in connection with the shooting death of his 2-year-old son.
Police said Jamahl Evans' 13-year-old son was playing with a loaded firearm that he found beneath their kitchen sink when he discharged it, hitting and killing his 2-year-old brother J’veontae Johnston on June 4.
In addition to the manslaughter charge, Evans was indicted on one count of endangering children, 10 counts of having weapons while under disability, one count of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.
Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer had said the 34 year old was running a drug operation inside his home and is a convicted felon and should not have had weapons.
The 13-year-old involved in the shooting will be formally charged with one count of reckless homicide with a firearm specification. Due to his age, he cannot be tried as an adult.