Father gets jail time in death of toddler who fatally shot himself

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Nicholas A. Wyllie told the judge that every day he relives the horror of the September morning that his 2-year-old son picked up Wyllie’s loaded handgun and fatally shot himself in the chest.


On Monday, Wyllie pleaded guilty to all three charges against him: involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, and reckless endangerment. A Bucks County judge sentenced Wyllie to up to 2 years in a county jail. 

“This is absolutely heartbreaking,” Wyllie, 27, said, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office. “That was my boy.”





The victim, Benjamin Austin Smith, had several toy guns and had been taught a two-handed grip, police said.

In September, Benjamin picked up the .45-caliber handgun his father kept loaded on a nightstand of the boy’s grandparents’ home in Milford Township.

He shot himself and died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown.





















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