Exclusive: Insight Into Moments Before Child Accidentally Shot Herself
MIRAMAR (CBSMiami) — A Miramar Police search warrant is shedding new light on what transpired inside a Miramar home last Wednesday when police say 3-year-old Sanai Dupont grabbed her father’s gun and accidentally shot herself in the stomach.
The search warrant reveals the child’s father, Ronald Dupont, told police “…his wife and he both own a jewelry store in downtown Miami. Ronald stated that when he arrived home, he placed his backpack containing his 9mm Taurus (firearm) on the dining room table.
After returning home last Wednesday, the search warrant says Dupont told police he took his daughter to her room where she was watching cartoons. Dupont said his wife, Jasmyne Ashe, then asked him to go to the store to buy butter.
A short time later, Ashe “…heard a loud bang, saw her daughter lying on the floor with the gun on top of her and called for help.”
Click here to watch Carey Codd’s report.
In a panicked, frantic voice, Ashe is heard on the 911 call begging for help.
911 OPERATOR: “911. What is your emergency”
ASHE: “Yes, please, please come to my house. Shot herself, please, please hurry up please.”
After the child was rushed to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where she is recovering, detectives searched the home and found the gun, 15 rounds from the gun and one casing.
The search warrant shows police also found “One marijuana cigar from dining room table” and a “scale (and a) jar with green leafy substance.”
The court document reveals that police are investigating to see if culpable negligence has been committed.
CBS4 ‘s Carey Codd asked former prosecutor and legal analyst Ken Padowitz to describe what prosecutors will look for in the evidence.
“If the gun is not secured, if it’s not in a locked box, it’s easy access and reach to a child and a child causes harm to himself that fits squarely under the Florida statute for culpable negligence, a third degree felony punishable by five years in prison,” Padowitz told Codd.
Padowitz added that prosecutors have discretion on whether to file charges based on the evidence and whether there is a likelihood of conviction if the case should go to trial.
Miramar Police said that detectives are working to finalize their investigative report and they intend to hand all the evidence they’ve gathered over to the Broward State Attorney’s Office. Investigators say it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether anyone should be charged in this case.