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Father Arrested in Shooting Death of Cleveland Girl Navaeh Benson, Age 6

January 20, 2013 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 3 Comments

(Photo: Benson family)

(Photo: Benson family)

The father of a 6-year-old Cleveland, Ohio girl who died after accidentally shooting herself in the face on Saturday has been arrested.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Edmund Benson, 23, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and having a gun after a felony conviction. His daughter, 6-year-old Navaeh Benson, shot herself at around 1:45 p.m. at the family home in the 4100 block of East 116th Street on Cleveland’s East Side. The child was rushed to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where she died shortly after arrival.

Cleveland police said the girl shot herself but did not say how she managed to get hold of the gun.

Benson, who has felony convictions for receiving a stolen vehicle and possessing criminal tools, is barred from having a gun.

Navaeh is one of numerous young children to die from accidental gunshots fired by either themselves, their friends or family members.

On Christmas Day, Sincere Tymere Smith, age 2, accidentally shot and killed himself with his father’s gun at their Conway, South Carolina home. His father, 30-year-old Rondell Javon Smith, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Last month, 3-year-old Ryder Rozier of Guthrie, Oklahoma shot himself dead with a gun he found in the home of his uncle, a state policeman. No charges have been filed.

Earlier this month, Justin Brueger, 30, of Bennettsville, South Carolina was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child after accidentally killing his 8-year-old son Easton Brueger while cleaning a rifle.

Also this month, Aaliyah Boyer, 10, of Manheim, Pennsylvania was taken off life support days after being struck in the head by a stray bullet fired during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Days later, William Paris, 12, of Pleasant Valley, Alabama was accidentally shot and killed by his cousin, also 12, who was showing off a shotgun he got for Christmas.

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  1. RandallJanuary 20, 2013 at 1:54 pmReply

    “Benson, who has felony convictions for receiving a stolen vehicle and possessing criminal tools, is barred from having a gun.”

    How could he do that when there’s a law against it? It makes no sense. If only there were more gun control laws, then this wouldn’t have happened.

    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 20, 2013 at 5:25 pmReplyAuthor

      If only there were less guns, this wouldn’t have happened. Japan has around 5 gun murders a year, and that country has as a bigger organized crime problem than the US.

  2. eyemallJanuary 28, 2013 at 6:04 amReply

    Wow the laws against felons having guns realy work…….

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