Emma Jane Huver, 26, is charged with involuntary manslaughter after King Muhammad, 2, died after accidentally shooting himself in October
A Michigan mother has become the second convicted felon charged in the death of her 2-year-old son, King Muhammad, who accidentally fatally shot himself outside a Sunoco gas station in Lansing last month.
Emma Jane Huver, 26, was arraigned Monday on a seven-felony count indictment on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a concealed weapon and three other felony firearm charges connected to the incident, per the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to that federal complaint reviewed by PEOPLE, prosecutors allege Huver told police that she was scrolling through her phone and not paying attention to her toddler, who had climbed into the front seat, when she heard an “explosion” and turned to see her son having been shot in the head just after 3 p.m. on October 24.
A man Huver identified as her friend, Avis Damone Coward — a six-time convicted felon who has been separately federally charged in this case — had gone into the gas station one minute before the gun went off, according to the complaint.
Moments after the gunshot, Huver climbed out of the car, holding her child, who was bleeding from the head, federal prosecutors allege. As Huver got out, Coward’s gun allegedly fell out of the car and onto the pavement.
Coward rushed back to the vehicle, and Huver handed the child to him, before Coward handed the child to another person nearby, according to the complaint.
That person held the dying child and tried to “control the bleeding,” according to federal prosecutors.
Meanwhile, Coward stashed his gun back in the vehicle, federal prosecutors allege, and drove away.
Baby King, who was rushed to a local hospital, died later that day, according to county prosecutors.
Coward, who was arrested later that day, has been charged in the case with being a felon in possession of a firearm. No lawyer was listed on his online docket.
Federal prosecutors allege that from behind bars, in a series of jailhouse phone calls, Coward orchestrated an attempt to destroy evidence, including the pistol — later recovered in pieces by law enforcement — which the toddler had allegedly used in the accidental shooting.
Huver, who allegedly fled to Arizona after her son’s death, has been extradited and is also charged with illegally removing her electronic monitoring device that was worn during her probation for previous drug convictions.
Huver's lawyer, Luke A. Goodrich, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment on the charges.
Huver is slated for a probable cause conference in the district court case of her dead son December 8 at 9 a.m. Bond is set for $75,000 cash/ surety.
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