Orange County

2-year-old shoots and kills father after finding ‘easily accessible’ gun, deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orlando mother is behind bars, charged with manslaughter after her 2-year-old son shot and killed her husband in their home.

Orange County Sheriff Deputies responded to a shooting call on the 700 block of Tobie Court around 12:30 p.m. on May 26.

When deputies arrived, the victim, Reggie Mabry, was found unresponsive inside the residence. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.


Three children – ages 5, 2 and 5 months were in the home, but were not injured.

According to court documents, Mabry’s wife, Marie Ayala, told deputies that he was playing video games on a computer in a room with her three children when she heard a loud pop.

Ayala told deputies that she got up from the bed she was sitting on and “disarmed the gun” and then began chest compressions.

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Deputies said that the 5-year-old boy told detectives that it was his 2-year-old brother that shot their father.

The handgun, a Glock 19, was in a bag on the floor near some laundry and could have possibly fallen out onto the floor, according to court documents.

Through their investigation, detectives determined that the child was able to readily access a handgun, which went off, shooting and killing their father, Reggie Mabry.

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Ayala is being charged with manslaughter by culpable negligence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and violation of probation.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents that guns need to be secured and kept out of the hands of children.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.