MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — The father of a two-year-old who died of a gunshot wound earlier this month in Milford Township, Bucks County is facing charges in the little boy’s death.
26-year-old Nicholas Wyllie is charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, and Recklessly endangering another person.
According to the criminal complaint, Wyllie was watching TV in his living room, his two-year-old son told him he was going to go watch “Winnie the Pooh” in his bedroom. Wyllie told police he heard a bang, then found his son lying face up on his bedroom floor with a gunshot wound to his chest. He says he took the child into the kitchen and called 9-1-1. The little boy was pronounced dead later that night.
“He left a loaded gun out, and his two-year-old son who was groomed to understand that guns could be held and handled – toy guns at the least, and unfortunately that creates and incredibly attractive and dangerous nuisance for any two year old,” said Bucks county District Attorney, Matt Weintraub.
According to the complaint, the boy’s great-grandfather told police the family had told Wyllie in the past to put his guns away because the little boy loved to play with guns. The boy’s great-grandfather also told investigators the boy had several toy guns that looked real.
“This is no accident, said Weintraub. “This was an unintentional death certainly, but if you’re going to leave a loaded gun out there for your little two year old son to grab? This is no accident.”
Weintraub says they do not believe Wyllie is a flight risk, nor do they think he’s a danger to anyone else.
He’s free on $50,000 unsecured bail. He waived his preliminary hearing, and has a formal arraignment scheduled for October 28th in Doylestown.
His attorney opted not to comment.