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Father of toddler shot in 2017 arrested for gun possession

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 19:41:24-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — An Omaha man, who served time in connection to his toddler daughter being shot in the face, is charged with a gun crime.

Monday, Douglas County Judge Thomas Harmon found enough evidence to move Marquell Buie, 24, to trial for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Buie was sentenced to 3 year in prison in 2017 for negligent child abuse. With “Goodtime” and time served he spent 13 months in prison before being released in February 2019.

In 2017, 1 ½ year old daughter, Malaya, was shot in the face by a friend's toddler son while Buie and his friend smoked marijuana. The gun belonged to Buie.

Last month he was pulled over with a firearm in the vehicle while he was driving with his daughter, who is now 3 years old, in the back seat.

"Guns and toddlers make no sense. So, from a parenting perspective, from any perspective the fact that a gun is around a child is not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination, let alone the fact that he's not supposed to have a gun in the first place,” said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.

The girl's mother told police she and Buie agreed to not be around firearms after Malaya was shot.

If convicted, Buie faces a mandatory minimum of 3 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years.