Mom surrenders after daughter, 11, shot and killed

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April 17, 2014 3:18:13 PM PDT
A west Philadelphia woman being sought in the shooting death of her 11-year-old daughter by a toddler has surrendered to authorities.

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.