Trial set for parents of child shot by stepbrother

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The parents of a Chattanooga girl accidentally shot to death by her 6-year-old stepbrother will go on trial Jan. 17 on a charge of criminally negligent homicide.

A Hamilton County judge set the trial at a Wednesday hearing for 23-year-old Thomas Wallace and 26-year-old Samantha Wallace.

Their 2-year-old daughter, Camron, died July 12, 2010, after her stepbrother accidentally shot her with a gun he retrieved from the couple's bedside table in their home.

The mother's attorney, Dan Ripper, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that his client "knows the only way they're going to put this behind them is to go to trial, and so she's eager for that to go ahead."

The child's father is represented by the public defender's office and the attorney did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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