CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - New developments in the case of a Charlotte County father charged in the accidental death of his son. 24-year old Christopher Davis accepted a plea deal Friday.
Wink News spoke with family members who say this tragedy has brought them closer together.
"It goes in waves from day to day. Some days I don't know how he's going to get through the day. The grief is just overwhelming," said cousin Jessica Vets.
The morning of November 18, 2012 deputies responded to the home on Hubbard Avenue. There, Charlotte County EMS found the toddler, Christopher Eli Davis unresponsive with an apparent single gunshot wound to the head.
"Unfortunately in cases like this, he was a victim, we were the victims. We lost someone we loved very much," she said.
As part of Davis' his plea agreement, he will serve two years probation, complete fifty hours community service, submit to a psychiatric evaluation and hand over his gun to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.
"It wasn't something that was done on purpose. It was a terrible thing and he'll spend the rest of his life saying woulda, coulda, shoulda. And that's a life sentence in itself," she said.
Davis must also speak to community groups about firearm safety.
He's going to relive it each time he talks about it. But if he can reach one person or have one person think twice and if it saves one child then it will be worth the pain of going through that again," Vets said.
Christopher Davis and his fiance Lissett, the mother of Christopher Eli Davis, are still together and expecting their third child, a baby girl.