Central Pa. man waives hearing in infant’s death

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday in the shooting death of his infant daughter on Christmas Eve.

Defendant G. Scott Davis, 35, of East Lampeter Township, will plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangering and child endangerment, according to attorney Jeff Conrad.

Prosecutors said Davis, a novice with firearms, pulled the trigger as he was handling a newly purchased 9 mm handgun and accidentally hit 2-month-old Kestyn, who was in a nearby baby’s swing in their apartment outside Lancaster.

Davis signed paperwork for the waiver in district court in Lancaster County, The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported (http://bit.ly/L5e482 ). In turn, a district judge sent the case to county court.

Conrad said Davis, who was allowed to remain free on $300,000 unsecured bail, will waive formal arraignment Feb. 14 and schedule a hearing to enter the plea, which could be as soon as later in February or in March.

Davis and his wife “continue to grieve the loss of their daughter and want to get this over with as soon as possible,” Conrad said.

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Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era , http://lancasteronline.com

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