As a father slept, his toddler found his gun and shot himself. Now he’s charged in the child’s death.

父亲睡觉时2岁儿子误开手枪自杀遭起诉
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导读:美国犹他州西瓦利城一名幼儿近日在父亲熟睡时用他的手枪误杀了自己。检方目前已经就这起案件起诉了这名父亲。

父亲睡觉时2岁儿子误开手枪自杀遭起诉_英语新闻

When police arrived at the West Valley City, Utah, home of Tasman Maile in late May, they found his 2-year-old son on the floor of his bedroom, unconscious and bleeding from the head.

5月底,当警方赶到犹他州西瓦利城塔斯曼·迈莱家中时,他2岁的儿子已经倒在卧室的地上,陷入昏迷,头部中枪流血。

Next to the boy was Maile’s Walther CCP handgun.

孩子身旁是迈莱的瓦尔特CCP手枪。

Maile told police that he had been sleeping at the time of the incident. The loaded handgun was within the reach of the toddler, who shot himself, said West Valley Police Department spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku.

迈莱告诉警方,案发时他正在睡觉。不过西瓦利城警局的新闻发言人罗克塞安内·瓦伊努库认为,正是因为手枪在幼儿的可触范围内,且子弹已上膛,才让这名幼儿误杀了自己。

“The child was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition,” Vainuku told The Washington Post. “And it was apparent he was not going to survive his injuries. He was put on life support in an effort to gather the family together so they could say their final goodbyes.”

瓦伊努库告诉《华盛顿邮报》:“孩子被送去医院时已经危在旦夕,很显然,他无法活下来。他只能依靠生命支持系统来维系生命,全家人被召集在一起赶来见他最后一面。”

The boy was taken off life support after nearly three days and died soon after.

3天后,当他被停止生命支持后,很快便去世了。

Maile was charged Thursday in Salt Lake County with child-abuse homicide in connection with his son’s death. Maile has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice .

6月7日,盐湖县警方以虐待儿童凶杀罪名起诉迈莱。他被起诉的罪名还包括携带管制物资,妨碍司法公正等。

Vainuku said Maile should never should have had access to a firearm in the first place. It was not clear how he obtained the weapons.

瓦伊努库称迈莱携带枪支这件事本身就是非法的,目前还未查明他如何得到这些枪支。

Vainuku said police recovered drugs and weapons from a dumpster near Maile’s home. According to court records cited by the Salt Lake Tribune, witnesses saw Maile rush to the dumpster to throw away a bucket that police soon found contained a handgun magazine, two jars of marijuana and a digital scale. In a backpack they found two other guns and a case for the Walther CCP handgun, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

瓦伊努库称,警方在迈莱家附近的垃圾桶里找到了毒品和枪支。据《盐湖城论坛报》引用庭审记录称,目击证人看见迈莱跑到垃圾桶扔掉了一个桶,随后警方在里面发现了一个手枪弹匣,两罐大麻和一个电子秤。在一个背包里,他们找到了另外2支枪和瓦尔特手枪的枪袋,《盐湖城论坛报》报道。

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill told the Tribune prosecutors believe negligence by Maile — leaving the gun in reach of the child — caused the boy’s death.

盐湖县地方检察官西姆·吉尔告诉当地媒体,检方认为正是因为迈莱的疏忽——让枪支暴露在孩子的可触范围内——才导致孩子误杀了自己。

“This is a little bit different than somebody who takes their weapon and puts it in a case up in the closet somewhere, hidden behind the clothes, and some child inadvertently finds it and shoots themselves,” he said.

“这个案子的性质和那些家长把枪支在袋子里包好并保存在柜子中、藏在衣服里,但被孩子无心找到然后不小心误伤了自己的案子是不一样的。”

The boy’s grandmother, Tule Iloa, told KUTV that she was in New Zealand visiting her mother when she got the phone call that her grandson, who she identified as Puniani Maile, was in critical condition in the hospital.She rushed home just in time to make it to the hospital before the boy was taken off life support, she said. Maile was on the phone from jail to say goodbye.

孩子的祖母图莱·伊洛亚在接受当地电台KUTV采访时说,案子发生时她正在新西兰探望母亲,随后她接到电话得知孙子在医院命悬一线。她当即启程赶回家,赶在孩子被移除生命支持系统的前一刻见到了最后一面。而此时迈莱已在狱中,在电话中进行了道别。

“We know that he loved Puniani so much,” she said.

她说:“我们都知道迈莱其实非常爱这个孩子。”

It was not immediately clear whether Maile had an attorney. Maile has since been released on bond from the Salt Lake County jail.

目前还不知道迈莱是否为自己聘请了律师,不过他已被家人从盐湖县监狱中保释。

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