Mount Vernon Mom Faces Charges in Shooting Death of 4-Year-Old Daughter: DA

A Mount Vernon woman faces child endangerment charges stemming from the 2015 shooting death of her 4-year-old daughter.

Tantania Manners was arrested Wednesday night by detectives from the Yonkers Police Department, the Westchester County District Attorney said Thursday.

Information on an attorney for Manners was not available. The 24-year-old was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child. She's being held on $5,000 bail.

Manners' daughter, Makayla, accidentally shot herself in the face with a handgun in their family apartment on Walnut Street in Yonkers May 25, 2015, police said.

A semi-automatic handgun was found near the child after the shooting.

Authorities believe Manners created an unsafe environment for her daughter by allowing the sale and use of narcotics in addition to permitting illegal unsecured and loaded firearms to be stored at her apartment.

A spokeswoman for Jacobi Medical Center said Makayla Manners died four days after she accidentally shot herself.

The police report said the investigation indicates the shooting was self-inflicted and accidental.

Manners is due in Yonkers City court April 19.

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