Arkansas man charged in shooting death of 2-month-old daughter

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(CNN) - A man in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas is charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his 2-month-old daughter.

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Family, however, say the shooting was an accident.

"The family is feeling heartbroken, disappointed, weary-eyed. A tragedy has happened. Anytime a tragedy happened there's no good feeling for it. You're going to feel emotional," says the baby's grandfather, Leon Minniefield.

According to police, the tragedy happened on Friday. Kevin Minniefield was sitting in his living room cleaning his gun around 10 p.m., with his two-month-old daughter Ja'caden just feet away.

"He was trying to do something with the hammer, and he put the mag back in thinking that there was not one in the chamber and then placed the weapon down, and it went off," says Takiyah Walker with Helena-West Helena Police Department.

The single bullet hit his daughter in the head. The family rushed her to the hospital where she later died.

Because police believe the shooting was accidental, Minniefield faces a manslaughter charge. He's also charged with endangering the welfare of a child because several children were in the home when the shooting happened.