Father charged in 2-month-old girl's shooting death

HELENA-WEST HELENA, AR (WMC) - A man faces charges after his 2-month-old daughter was shot and killed Friday night.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. on Dinan Street in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.

Officers said Kevin Minniefield was trying to unload the weapon when it went off, hitting the baby, Ja'Caden, in the head.

"He was trying to do something with the hammer and he put the mag back in thinking that there was not one in the chamber and then placed the weapon down and it went off," Takiyah Walker with Helena-West Helena Police Department said.

Ja'Caden's family rushed her to the hospital, but she later died.

"The family is feeling heartbroken, disappointed, weary eyed. A tragedy has happened," Leon Minniefield, the girl's grandfather, said. "Any time a tragedy happens, there's no good feeling for it. You're going to feel emotional."

Leon hopes this incident is a lesson others can learn from.

"Put down the guns. The guns are not your friend. It's your enemy. Let's learn to love one another and not kill one another," he said.

Kevin Minnefield, 30, is charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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