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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 3:13 am

Dad pleads guilty in 5-year-old daughter's death

Rebecca S. Green | The Journal Gazette

Toney White II shot his 5-year-old daughter in the head.

He admitted as much Friday in Allen Superior Court, pleading guilty to the level 5 charge of reckless homicide and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime in connection to the February death of Mya White.

The much more serious charge of neglect of a dependent causing death, a level 1 felony, will be dismissed at sentencing.

There is no agreement with prosecutors as to how much time White should face, but a level 5 felony calls for a sentence of one to six years. The firearms enhancement adds five years to the sentence.

On Feb. 13, White, a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms while on probation, was showing off some firearms he owned.

After loading and unloading the guns, pulling back the slides and playing with the safeties and the trigger, White reloaded a last gun, a chrome 9 mm handgun. A witness told police that as he turned to watch television, he heard the gun fire, according to court documents.

When the witness turned back around, he saw White, the gun in his hand and pointed in the direction where his 5-year-old daughter had been kneeling just moments before.

Mya was found on the floor bleeding, while a panicked White apparently stuffed guns in a dresser drawer and tried to clean up the blood.

According to court documents, crime scene technicians found red stains on the bathroom walls and sink, as well as on two guns tucked inside the dresser.

White, who was on probation at the time of the shooting for possession of narcotics, is scheduled for sentencing in late July, according to court records.

Alongside his guilty plea in the shooting, White admitted to violating his probation. An Allen County probation officer filed paperwork to terminate his probation for firearms violations. White’s sentencing in that case will also be in late July.