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Christmas Tragedy: 2-Year-Old Sincere Smith Fatally Shoots Himself with Dad’s Gun

December 26, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

FOX Carolina 21

Sincere SmithA South Carolina father has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his two-year-old son picked up a gun that was laying on a table and shot himself dead on Christmas day.

Sincere Tymere Smith, who would have turned 3 in March, fatally shot himself in the chest at around 6 p.m. on Tuesday at his family’s Conway home. Smith died while being rushed to a hospital in Charleston.

The gun the toddler used to kill himself belongs to his father, 30-year-old Rondell Javon Smith of Conway, who was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. Smith was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway on Wednesday after posting a $500 bond.

Family members told News Channel 15 that Smith had recently bought the gun after someone attempted to break into their home two weeks ago.

A similar incident claimed the life of another toddler eight days earlier. Ryder Rozier, 3, shot himself in the head with a gun he found in the Guthrie, Oklahoma home of his uncle, a state policeman.

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