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Mich. Mother Now Charged in Accidental Shooting Death of Her Toddler Son

Emma Jane Huver, 26, is charged with involuntary manslaughter after King Muhammad, 2, died after accidentally shooting himself in October

<p>Michigan Department of Corrections; Ingham County Sheriff

Michigan Department of Corrections; Ingham County Sheriff's Office

L: Emma Jane Huver; R: Avis Damone Coward

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.

Related: Toddler Who Accidentally Shot Himself at Michigan Gas Station Has Died

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.

<p>Ingham County Prosecutor's Office</p> Emma Jane Huver at her virtual arraignment November 27, 2023.

Ingham County Prosecutor's Office

Emma Jane Huver at her virtual arraignment November 27, 2023.

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.

<p>United States District Court/ Western District of Michigan</p> The white GMC Yukon where baby King accidentally fatally shot himself

United States District Court/ Western District of Michigan

The white GMC Yukon where baby King accidentally fatally shot himself

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.

Related: 2-Year-Old Mich. Boy in Critical Condition After Shooting Himself Accidentally at Gas Station

That person held the dying child and tried to “control the bleeding,” according to federal prosecutors.

<p>U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan</p> Avis Damone Coward allegedly put his gun back in the vehicle just moments after the toddler accidentally shot himself, say federal prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

Avis Damone Coward allegedly put his gun back in the vehicle just moments after the toddler accidentally shot himself, say 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.

<p>Ingham County Sheriff's Office</p> Avis Damone Coward

Ingham County Sheriff's Office

Avis Damone Coward

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.

Related: Mich. Boy, 2, Accidentally Killed Himself with Gun Belonging to Convicted Felon, Who's Now Charged: Police

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.

<p>United States District Court/ Western District of Michigan</p> On Halloween investigators recovered the destroyed vehicle where the shooting allegedly occurred.

United States District Court/ Western District of Michigan

On Halloween investigators recovered the destroyed vehicle where the shooting allegedly occurred.

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.

<p>Michigan Department of Corrections</p> Emma Jane Huver in previous booking photograph

Michigan Department of Corrections

Emma Jane Huver in previous booking photograph

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.

For more information on safe firearm storage and the most effective ways to protect children from unsecured firearms, visit BeSMARTforkids.org.

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