DA: Father charged after 9-year-old girl accidentally shot, killed inside North Philadelphia home

Blake Davis (Philadelphia Police Department)

A father has been charged after his 9-year-old daughter was accidentally shot and killed by another child inside a North Philadelphia home, according to authorities.

Blake Davis 39, is facing involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and related charges.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said officers were called to the 2300 block of North Bouvier Street around 11 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a shooting. 

At the time of the shooting, the girl’s brother and cousin, both minors, were inside the home with no adult supervision. Police say the 12-year-old called 911 to report the shooting. 

The child was taken to Temple University Hospital and placed in critical condition. Police said she died just before 2 p.m.

"It's heartbreaking. It's absolutely heartbreaking," Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Wednesday. "We seem to have these more and more and my office will do everything we can to support the trauma the children have suffered and others are suffering here."

Two firearms were reportedly found inside the home. 


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