A father is facing manslaughter and other charges after his baby was accidentally shot and killed.
Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith tells WITN the baby girl was shot Wednesday night around 9 p.m. in a home on Letchworth Drive in Greene County, off of Fort Run Rd.
Smith says the father was holding the rifle on the couch when it accidentally went off, shooting the baby in the chest. The gunshot killed her.
The baby's name has not been released.
Allen Ormond, 28, was originally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But the District Attorney's Office told them to also charge him with involuntary manslaughter.
The Greene County man is a convicted felon and is not legally allowed to own a gun. Records show he was convicted in the 2007 of possession of stolen goods in Greene County. Sheriff Smith said Ormond had just bought the rifle earlier Wednesday, hours before the fatal shooting of his baby girl.
Ormond is also charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
Also charged is 28-year-old Kevin Elkins of Kinston. He's charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He was convicted of larceny in Greene County in 2013. Elkins has also been convicted of multiple DWIs, hit and run, speeding to elude and receiving a stolen vehicle. His conviction record dates back to 2002.
Sheriff Smith says other people were in the house when the baby was fatally shot. He wasn't sure if the baby's mother was there or not.