Father of 9-year-old girl fatally shot in North Philadelphia charged with involuntary manslaughter

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By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The father of the 9-year-old girl killed Wednesday morning in North Philadelphia has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Officials say he should have never had a gun.

Sources say Blake Davis was at work and left his 9-year-old daughter with her 5-year-old cousin and another 12-year-old inside the home on Bouvier Street, near 23rd and Dauphin streets.

Police say the 5-year-old found one of the two guns inside the home and accidentally shot it. When police arrived, the 9-year-old girl was in the back bedroom with a gunshot wound to the right side of her head.

She was taken to Temple University Hospital and then to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where she died.

Davis has now been charged with involuntary manslaughter, three counts of endangering the welfare of children, corrupting the morals of a minor, and gun charges including gun possession by a convicted felon.

The 40-year-old father had prior drug possession convictions and was in and out of prison and on and off probation, according to court records.

Those convictions prohibited Davis from owning a weapon.

Officials are urging residents with weapons to lock up their guns.

Temple Health offers free gun locks with no questions asked. For more information, click here.