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Mother Charged in Toddler’s Accidental Shooting Death at Gas Station Faces Multiple Felony Charges

Emma Jane Huver, a 26-year-old Michigan mother, has been arraigned on seven felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse, in connection with the accidental shooting death of her 2-year-old son, King Muhammad, outside a Sunoco gas station in Lansing last month.

According to prosecutors, Huver, a convicted felon, was scrolling through her phone and not paying attention to her toddler, who climbed into the front seat. She heard an “explosion” and discovered her son had been shot in the head just after 3 p.m. on October 24. Avis Damone Coward, identified as Huver’s friend and a six-time convicted felon, had entered the gas station a minute before the incident and is separately charged in the case.

Huver, allegedly fleeing to Arizona after the incident, was extradited and faces charges related to the removal of her electronic monitoring device worn during probation for previous drug convictions. She is scheduled for a probable cause conference on December 8, with a bond set at $75,000 cash/surety.

Federal prosecutors claim that Coward, arrested the same day, attempted to destroy evidence from behind bars, orchestrating the disposal of the pistol used in the accidental shooting. The recovered pieces of the firearm were integral to the investigation.

The tragic incident unfolded when Huver, holding her bleeding child, got out of the car moments after the gunshot. Coward’s gun allegedly fell onto the pavement as Huver exited. Coward, after briefly taking the child, handed him to another person nearby, stashed the gun back in the vehicle, and drove away. King Muhammad later died in a local hospital.

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Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 2004 and Tosbos in 2022. A senior reporter, he's experienced in crime and court reporting - and also holds the defense portfolio.


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