DETROIT — A Detroit woman charged in the death of her 3-year-old granddaughter who was killed while playing with a handgun has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday in a release that 44-year-old Dawn Bostick has agreed to a sentencing agreement that includes five years’ probation, parenting classes and a ban on possession of firearms.
Bostick also faced second-degree child abuse and felony firearm charges.
Police say the grandmother was in another part of her house on Rockcastle Street on Dec. 10 when the girl, Alexis Bostick, accidentally fired a 9-millimeter handgun that was left unlocked in a bedroom nightstand.
Prosecutors say the girl was under Bostick’s care.
Bostick will be sentenced April 28.
A day after the incident, Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans spoke publicly about the importance of gun locks. “If a gun lock had been on this gun, 100 percent guarantee it couldn’t have happened,” Evans said.
The Detroit Police Department issues gun locks for free to the public.