I was feeling a little sympathetic when I read this;Until I read this;
Smith did not deliberately abuse her daughter. She did not actively participate in her death. She was criminally negligent in storing a firearm, and her daughter died as a result. Louisiana state laws allow people to be charged with negligent homicide, an offense that carries a maximum five-year sentence, which is on par with the sentences received by other parents in other states whose children accidentally shot themselves.
Police say a 5-year-old New Orleans girl fatally shot herself by accident Sunday when her mother locked her in their home and went to the store.Funny that the person writing the original article didn't find that detail important. Suddenly I'm not sympathetic at all.