Winston-Salem teen charged with involuntary manslaughter after child shot, killed in home

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WGHP) — A Winston-Salem teen was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a child was shot and killed last week, according to a Winston-Salem Police Department news release.

On Friday around 7:39 p.m., officers with the WSPD responded to a reported shooting on Martindale Road.

When they arrived, officers didn’t find anyone but learned the victim was taken to the hospital in a car.

Officers saw the car on Hwy 311 near Interstate 40 and called for Forsyth County Emergency Services who took the victim, later identified as 23-month-old Deon Stover, to a local hospital.

Despite life savings measures by EMS and hospital staff, the child died.

Officers later learned that Rico Smith, 19, of Winston-Salem, and his girlfriend were babysitting Deon at a home on Martindale Road.

Smith was trying to unload a handgun when he fired the gun and hit Deon, the release says.

He was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Smith turned himself in on Monday and received a $15,000 secure bond.

The WSPD is asking for the public’s assistance in this case. Anyone with any information regarding this incident or similar crimes is asked to call the WSPD at (336) 773-7700, Crime Stoppers at (336) 727-2800, or En Espanol (336) 728-3904. Text-A-Tip Program at (336) 276-1717 allows you to anonymously text tips, photos, and videos to the WSPD. You can also view “Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem Forsyth County” on Facebook.

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