Tot dies from hunting accident; NYC man charged with manslaughter
This was originally posted by Boscobeans in one of my threads. Just thought I'd share it with everyone else:
Swan Lake tot dies from hunting accident; NYC man charged with manslaughter
November 17, 2008 8:22 AM
SWAN LAKE — A Swan Lake toddler has died and a New York City man has been charged with manslaughter in the hunting accident on a rural Sullivan County road Sunday afternoon.
State Police have arrested Edward J. Taibi, 45, of Howard Beach for the shooting that they say killed 16-month-old Charly Skala.
Around 4 p.m., Skala was standing in the kitchen of her grandparents mobile home at 1338 Horseshoe Lake Road, where the family had gathered to watch football.
The bullet ripped through a wall and struck her in the area of the right shoulder and neck.
She was taken by relatives in a car to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, then flown to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she died from her injuries.
Police say Taibi was in a tree stand and shot once at a deer, wounding it. He then fired a second time from about 400 feet away from the mobile home. He was hunting with a .300 Winchester Magnum high-powered rifle.
Taibi was arraigned in the town of Bethel court and taken to the Sullivan County jail on no bail. It is unclear if Taibi broke any hunting rules. He had hunted on the property before and was a friend of the property owner.
Taibi “was very broke up” about the incident and remorseful, investigators say.
The manslaughter charges stems from recklessness.
“His actions resulted in the death of another,” said Chief Investigator Mike Orrego of the State Police’s Liberty barracks.
“He killed a person. You do have the obligation to the safety of others.”
Authorities, led by the state police, were taking measurements on the property Monday morning.
“It is a tragic event,” Orrego said. “I hope this isn’t a sign to come for the remainder of the hunting season.”
The death of a little girl had hunters also shaking their heads in the nearby Swan Lake Country Store.
One hunter called it a freak “needle in a haystack shot.”
Neighbor Chester Davis Jr. said he sometimes saw the toddler playing with her parents and grandparents on play equipment outside the mobile home.
“They are nice people,” he said.
Davis himself was coming home from hunting, when learned of the accident. He could not imagine how a toddler so little and innocent, standing behind the safety of walls and being looked after by her entire family, could be killed in such a way.
“A grown person should be more sensible,” he said.