Charges filed in in shooting death of 2-year-old NC girl

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James Fuller Stepp

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A man in Henderson County has been arrested and charged in connection to the shooting death of a toddler.

James Fuller Stepp, 31, was charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, according to FOX Carolina.

On Monday, just after 9 p.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a 2-year-old had been shot at a home on Golden Eagle Way.

During the 911 call, the woman who was watching the child told dispatchers that her husband had left a loaded shotgun on a table after a day of hunting.

It is still unclear what led to the “accidental discharge” of the weapon.

According to deputies, Abigail was shot with a 20-gauge shotgun and transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville where she later died.

Major Frank Stout told FOX Carolina that it is unclear how many children were at the home when the shooting occurred or if the home doubled as a daycare.

The grandfather of the woman who was watching Abigail at the time of the shooting said that she had been babysitting the child since she was an infant.

Stepp surrendered to police Monday night and has since posted a $5,000 bond.