Police: Father 'recklessly' waving gun killed daughter, four

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 1:20 AM

Thirty-year-old Maurice Phillips is charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, baby endangerment and rash endangerment in Saturday'south death of 4-year-old Tahirah Phillips.

Police: Father 'recklessly' waving gun killed daughter, four

Authorities allege that a Philadelphia father was "carelessly and recklessly" waving a gun around a bedroom with seven children present when it went off, killing his 4-year-old daughter.

Thirty-year-old Maurice Phillips is charged with third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, baby endangerment and rash endangerment in Saturday'south death of 4-year-old Tahirah Phillips.

Homicide div Capt. James Clark said Monday the girl and her six siblings were watching television when Phillips came in and started waving the weapon around. It discharged and hit the girl in the back of the head.

Police allege that Phillips then struck his 5-year-old daughter and wiped blood onto her shirt in an obvious effort to shift blame. Police previously believed the girl'south 5-year-old sibling was the shooter. Phillips fled but later turned himself in and ultimately confessed.

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