Father Charged In Son's Accidental Death

Charges have now been brought against the father of a child who accidentally shot and killed himself in November.

Robert Lewis of Jacksonville has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and failing to secure a firearm from a minor.

Deputies say on November 16th, Lewis' three year old son accidentally shot himself in the couple's Onslow County home after finding a loaded gun in the home. Lewis is a civilian police officer at Camp Lejeune.

Lewis, along with his attorney, came to the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning to be served with the charges.

The Sheriff's Office says the shooting death has been under review by the District Attorney's Office, which decided on the charges Tuesday.

Lewis' bond was set at $55,000, of which $5,000 is secured.


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  • by Kristen Location: NC on Feb 19, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    This is such a tragic event. If any one of, I'm sure, a dozen events leading up to this had been avoided, this may not have happened. All of the "what ifs" seem to run through my mind when something like this happens...what if this had been different?...what if they had done that? But all I can do is pray for the family and hope that, as hard as it may be to imagine, something good may come out of all of this. I really feel for them and hope that we all can learn from it.
  • by desiree Location: melbourne,fl. on Jan 17, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    I think as a civilian police officer he should have known better than anyone to have all weapons secured in a lock box when not being used at a range. how in this day and age, with all the accidental killing of children, do we still have people unable to think safety first when it comes to their firearms.
  • by OpenCarry Location: Washington on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    I feel for this family. As many posts hav already stated, there is NOTHING the State can do to these parents that would punish them more than the terrible loss they have already suffered. As for the Wepon of Mass Destruction charge, there are MANY things that fall under that category, including a sawed-off shotgun or a "silencer", and if he didn't have a proper permit to own such a device, it is a Federal offense. We don't know the full details of all the things that were found in his house during the investigation. This charge may be just a "piling on" charge, or it could be 100% legitimate, and related to something else they found that had nothing to do with the original event...
  • by cece Location: midway park on Jan 8, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    I don't understand why the father was charged, but not the mother. The mother was actually home when it happened. The whole thing is tragic though.
  • by what Location: tyrrell on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    i cant believe this. they are acting like the father shot the child. i think we need to spend our tax payers money on prosecution of real criminals. is this man to be made an example of.
  • by sandy Location: washington on Jan 7, 2010 at 04:36 PM
    this poor man and woman lose there son that was a bad thing that happed but it did they have lose alot their son yall dont know what they going thru right now.get the drunk off the road leave this family in peace they are grieving for they lose of they son
  • by sad for family on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    This poor man has been thru enough I feel horrible for him and his wife. There is nothing the state of the DA can do to him that he is not already doing to himself. He lost his son bc he and his wife were negligent that is the ultimant price to pay. When these hood rats get shot in the street or their front yards or houses you dont see mom or dad if there is one being charged bc they dont care if they kill each other one less thug to raise up but this was a working family and made a horrible horrible terrible mistake both mom and dad's life is over and they are young too. The state could give them the death penalty and it wont matter they are their own worst judges..just my thoughts - if you charge one charge all!
  • by ls Location: nb on Jan 7, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    I'm sorry for the charges against this father...he's most likely hurting plenty and feeling enough guilt without having to face charges and jail time! Lets go this aggressive against real criminals that the law force knows where and who they are. Leave this man to grieve and overcome what has happened....it was a horrible accident and no law can lay anymore blame on him that he hasn't already felt. Our legal system is a joke!
  • by fedup Location: plymouth on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    just another poor example of what our legal system has become!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 at 03:28 AM
    What is he being charged with? Ignorance? Pretty stupid to have a loaded gun around. If you could charge all these young parents with STUPIDITY today, you would have jails with parents dripping over the edges. MAKE THEM GET LICENSE TO HAVE KIDS.
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