BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Utah authorities confirmed that a 27-year-old Utah man and father of two had been indicted on multiple counts stemming from a fatal shooting that took place in May. Tasman William Maile asleep when his two-year-old son shot himself in the head with a Walther CCP handgun.
Utah Man Slept with Gun Within ‘Arm’s Reach’
On Thursday, 27-year-old Tasman William Maile of West Valley City California was charged with child abuse homicide following the death of his 2-year-old son.
According to the police report and Maile’s testimony, in late May, the Utah man went to sleep with his Walter CCP handgun tucked underneath the pillow.
Several hours later, Maile woke up to the sound of a loud bang. One of Maile’s neighbors told the authorities that he saw the man throwing a blue bucket in a dumpster just before the authorities arrived.
Upon arriving at the West Valley City address, the authorities discovered an unresponsive two-year-old boy and an individual with a blood-splattered T-shirt.
The child was airlifted to the hospital, where he passed away several days later due to his injury.
A crime scene investigation revealed that the accident occurred in Maile’s bedroom. Authorities noted that the room had no furniture, meaning that the Utah man must have been sleeping with the child on the bare floor. The investigators also discovered piles of unwashed clothes.
However, the breakthrough in Maile’s case came after the authorities found what the man threw in the garbage. A search of the dumpster revealed two handguns, a Walther CPP case, 10 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale, a handgun magazine, and two glass jars.
The Utah man was initially charged with tampering with evidence, marijuana possession, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Following the child’s death, the man was also charged with child abuse homicide.
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