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Swan Lake, New York Toddler Accidentally Shot by Deer Hunter – Manslaughter Charges Filed

By Steven Smith, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Safety measures are vital when firearms are used while hunting. This is especially true when homes and children are in the area of the hunting activity. It it very important to take precautions while hunting or handling a firearm in any situation to prevent serious bodily injury and wrongful death to adults and children. In Swan Lake, New York, Charly Skala, a 16 month old toddler, died from gun shot wounds accidentally inflicted by Edward Taibi, a deer hunter. The horrible tragedy unfolded in the kitchen of her grandparents’ mobile home. The family had gathered together to watch a football game. Charly was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, New York and then airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York where she died from the gunshot injuries. New reports did not indicate whether Taibi broke any local hunting laws;nevertheless, a hunter should be aware of his or her surroundings and make sure that no people are at risk when discharging a fire arm. This is especially true when there are homes in the area. Apparently, Taibi was friends with the property owner and had hunted on the property before. For more about this tragic incident, you can go to Swan Lake, New York Toddler Dies from Hunting Shooting – Hunter Charges and Arrested.

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