Thirty-one-year-old Tiffany Goldwire turned herself in early Thursday afternoon at the city police headquarters to face an involuntary manslaughter charge.
Defense attorney Eugene Tinari called the April 5 death of Jamara Stevens an "unspeakable tragedy." Police said the child was shot by a 2-year-old and died shortly afterward at a hospital.
Investigators said they believe a man had brought the weapon into the home a few hours earlier and stashed it on top of a refrigerator.
Tinari told the Philadelphia Daily News that he believes prosecutors will see that the shooting "was an accident and not a criminal act" on the part of his client.