May 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Marysville fires cop whose 3-year-old son killed sister in car
Marysville police announced Monday that Officer Derek Carlile will not be returning to the police force.
Carlile has been on paid administrative leave since March 2012, when his toddler son found a handgun and fatally shot his 7-year-old sister. Carlile had left the gun in the family van while the children were unattended.
Carlile had been charged with second-degree manslaughter after the shooting, but the charge was dismissed after a Snohomish County jury was unable to reach a verdict after a trial in Snohomish County Superior Court at the end of last year.
Police said then that Carlile’s fate as an officer would depend on the results of an internal investigation of the circumstances of the child’s death.
Carlile, 32, and his family were in a rush to get to a wedding when they stopped off at a friend’s antiques shop in Stanwood on March 10, 2012. Carlile and his wife had left their four children in the van alone for a few minutes when their then-3-year-old son found a loaded .38-caliber revolver that Carlile had left in a cup holder between the front seats.
Carlile’s son got out of his booster seat, grabbed the gun and shot his sister Jenna in the abdomen. She died at a Seattle hospital.
During Carlile’s trial, prosecutors said he was aware that his son was fascinated with firearms, but nevertheless “failed to heed or be aware of a substantial risk that death would occur when he placed and left his loaded, unsecured revolver in an enclosed van with four children inside.”
Carlile’s attorney told jurors his client was a conscientious father who unfailingly locked his firearms in a safe at home and that his oversight that day was the result of a “momentary lapse of judgment,” and not a criminal act.
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