Gangster father smoking marijuana when 1-year-old daughter’s eye shot out by son’s friend jailed for 18 months

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | Source, The DailyMail

Marquell Buie,22,was sentenced to 18 months on Thursday after he left his gun lying around which led to his daughter being shotAn Omaha man has been sent to prison after a toddler found the man’s loaded weapon and shot his 18-month-old daughter in the face.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that 22-year-old Marquell Buie was sentenced to 18 months on Thursday.

Prosecutors say Buie, who was a documented gang member, was smoking marijuana and watching a movie at his apartment in April with his friend, Mosell Gulley, while the toddlers played nearby.

He placed his loaded gun on a counter. The boy grabbed the weapon and shot Buie’s daughter, who lost an eye.

The bullet passed through little Ma’Laya’s face, penetrated the drywall of a utility closet and became embedded in the outer shell of a water heater.

Buie pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily harm.

He was sentenced to the maximum — three years in prison, which under state law is cut in half.

The bullet passed through little Ma’Laya’s face,   The bullet penetrated the drywall of a utility closet and became embedded in the outer shell of a water heater

Buie had been smoking marijuana and watching a movie with a friend when the shooting occurred. He will now spend the next 18 months behind bars

After he completes his prison term, Buie will serve a term of nine months of supervised release.

When Ma’Laya was taken to the hospital, a doctor initially thought she would not survive her injuries.

The little girl spent several weeks at a hospital and at a Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Ma’Laya lost an eye and spent several weeks at a Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital   It may be years before anyone knows whether there are developmental hurdles

Her mother told the judge that it could be years before they discover if she has developmental problems as a result.

Therapists had to teach her how to walk, talk and eat again,

‘It’s so fortunate that this child survived,’ Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said in court, ‘but it’s such a tragic consequence of not paying attention.’

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