Father speaks out after daughter accidentally shoots herself

Published: Jul. 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM EDT
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POOLER, GA (WTOC) - The Army Ranger charged on Thursday in his 2 year old daughter's death say he is devastated by the loss of his angel.

"I live with the guilt everyday. It was an accident and I miss her and think of her constantly," Josh Henry said.

Henry left his gun near the bed he was sleeping in with his daughter. His daughter Cheyanne was asleep and he left the room to talk with a fellow soldier recently back from war when he heard the gun go off.

The 2 year old shot herself in the chest.

"What happened was an accident. It was a tragedy. There is nothing I can tell people about how to handle firearms because I am well trained with firearms. This shouldn't have happened," Henry said.

Pooler Police charged Henry with reckless endangerment and contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

His attorney, Doug Andrews, says he has never seen charges like this brought against someone for an accident.

"I don't think the court could fashion a penalty worse than the life sentence Josh and his family are serving. They are dealing with this everyday," Andrews said.

Cheyanne's mother is grieving the death of her daughter from Tennessee. The 2 year old was visiting her dad when the incident occured.

"There is nothing worse for a mother to go through," Andrews said.

Andrews says his client is used to keeping a firearm close because of his service overseas.

If Henry is convicted of a felony, it could interfere with his status as an army ranger.

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