Dad charged after US mother shot dead by toddler while on Zoom call

Veondre Avery.
Veondre Avery. Photo credit: Seminole Country Sheriff's Office

The dad of a young Florida boy who shot dead his mother while on a work-related Zoom call has been charged.

Shamaya Lynn, 21, was on a video call in August when one of Lynn's co-workers noticed it looked like she needed help. 

Lynn then fell backwards and never returned to the call. As it was later revealed, her son had found his father's unsecured loaded handgun.

The father, Veondre Avery, has since been charged with manslaughter and failing to store a firearm securely.

"Officers and paramedics did their best in rendering aid to Mrs Lynn but she was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Investigators determined that the injury was caused by a toddler who found a loaded handgun, which was left unsecured by an adult in the apartment.

"The owner of the firearm, Veondre Avery, was arrested… Avery was transported to the Seminole County Jail without further incident," local police said in a statement this week

Police confirmed to local media the toddler found the gun inside a child's backpack.

"Your decisions have consequences," said Roberto Ruiz, an officer from the local police department. "You have a responsibility as a gun owner to take care of those firearms," Ruiz told reporters.

Avery will next appear in court next month.