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Correctional officer in Chowchilla charged with manslaughter and felony child abuse

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A Chowchilla mother has been charged in the deadly shooting of her one-year-old son-- a case in which police say the woman's daughter pulled the trigger. (KFSN)

A Chowchilla mother has been charged in the deadly shooting of her one-year-old son-- a case in which police say the woman's daughter pulled the trigger.

Erica Bautista worked as a state corrections officer for 16 years.

Investigators said Bautista's 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her younger brother in the head using their mother's gun.

Bautista was home at the time of the shooting.

Detectives said the handgun was registered to her and was not a duty weapon.

They suspect it was not stored properly.

Bautista is charged with felony manslaughter as well as felony child abuse.

If convicted on all counts Bautista could face more than 10 years in prison.

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