Teen Father Charged After Fayetteville 2-Year-Old Samarri Tyana Beauford Fatally Shoots Herself
The teenage father of a North Carolina toddler who shot herself to death with a loaded handgun he left under a sofa has been arrested and charged with manslaughter.
WTVD reports 19-year-old Melvin Andre Clark Jr. of Fayetteville was charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after his daughter, 2-year-old Samarri Tyana Beauford, found a loaded .22 handgun he left under his living room couch and shot herself dead with it on Saturday. The toddler’s grandmother and aunt were reportedly in the home, in the 2600 block of Graham Ave., when the fatal accident occurred.
Neighbor Byron Brown told WTVD that Beauford “had the sweetest personality.”
“She was real warm-hearted,” Brown said.
WRAL reports Clark is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $50,000 secured bond. According to WTVD, the convicted felon has a rap sheet that included four breaking and entering charges and a larceny charge.
According to CNN, Clark also had multiple outstanding warrants, including one for animal cruelty and another for drug possession.
Clark could face more than 10 years behind bars if he is found guilty of both of the new charges against him.
Local firearms instructor Ted Harris told WTVD that parents should always lock up their guns.
“How many places did your mama hide your Christmas present, and you couldn’t find them? They always find them,” he said of children. “[Guns] have got to be under lock and key at all times. Either in a safe, or put a gun lock on them. Secure the weapon at all times.”