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Father charged in toddler's shooting death

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - A Fayetteville man is now facing charges after his 2-year-old daughter accidentally shot and killed herself in their home.

Police say the toddler found a loaded semi-automatic pistol under the living room couch Saturday while she was playing.
     
Police say the gun belonged to her father, 19-year-old Melvin Clark. He's now charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
     
9 On Your Side asked local law enforcement Monday how a felon likely got his hands on a gun in the first place.

"One of the most obvious ways is to break into people's houses and steal their legally-possessed weapons. Other ways are to buy weapons off the street if they can find someone who can sell it or to convince family members or friends to buy weapons for them when they're not entitled to get them," said Lt. Chad Suggs, Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

Clark's bond is set at $50,000.
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