Dad who killed 2-year-old daughter said gun misfired during cleaning
Two-year-old Heaven Miller died as her dad was cleaning his gun, and just before her mother went into labor.
Richland County deputies are investigating the shooting of the toddler and her 4-year-old sister as accidental, Sheriff Leon Lott said. But evidence was still being compiled and analyzed Friday afternoon.
“Right now, it just looks like an accidental shooting,” Lott said. His office also is consulting with the 5th Circuit prosecutor’s office.
Deputies who answered the emergency call from the Meredith Square townhouse apartments said they laid the 2-year-old in the yard. They tried to keep her alive with chest compressions and by applying pressure to the wound until an ambulance arrived, according to a sheriff’s department incident report.
Heaven Miller was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m. at Palmetto Health Richland hospital minutes after her arrival, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said. She died of complication from the gunshot, he said.