NJ police officer charged in connection with 8-year-old daughter's death

- A NJ police officer has been charged in connection with the death of his 8-year-old daughter. 

Kenneth Righter, 46, was charged Friday on three counts including endangering the welfare of a child and leaving a loaded firearm unsecured. 

Back in December, Camden County police received a 9-1-1 call for an unresponsive 8-year-old, identified as Sailor Righter, at Righter's home. 

According to police, Sailor's mother took her to the hospital in a private car where she later died from a gunshot wound. 

On Friday, Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said investigations revealed Righter kept his personal .357 revolver, loaded and unsecured, on a shelf within the reach of the minor children.

According to the prosecutor's office, Righter will be suspended from the Stratford Police Department without pay as a result of the charges. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation.

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