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* Michael Shanahan And Daniela Shanahan Arrested They Are Parents Of 2-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Shot By Brother

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The parents of a 2-year-old girl who was accidentally shot and killed by her brother as he played with a gun at their Vacaville home last month were arrested on several felony charges Monday afternoon. Michael Shanahan, 28, and Daniela Shanahan, 27, were arrested at the Solano County Courthouse in Fairfield at about 11:30 a.m. as they visited the courthouse on another, non-criminal matter, Vacaville police Sgt. Jeff King said.Both were booked into the Solano County jail. Michael Shanahan’s bail was set at $36,666 and Daniela Shanahan’s bail was $43,333, King said. They have since posted bail and been released.The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the couple Monday morning. They were scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, but after they posted bail the appearance was rescheduled for Oct. 26, a jail spokeswoman said. The Shanahans are each charged with one count of first-degree criminal storage of a firearm and two counts of felony child abuse or endangering the health of a child, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Kauffman said. The child abuse or endangerment charges apply to both their daughter Ayana and her 8-year-old brother.The latter charges include a special allegation of willful harm or injury resulting in death. Daniela Shanahan also was arrested for being a felon in possession of a handgun and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Vacaville police said she has a felony conviction in Napa County for driving under the influence.The Shanahans’ daughter was shot at about 2:10 p.m. on Sept. 23 while her 8-year-old brother was playing unsupervised with a 9mm handgun in their parents’ bedroom at the family’s home on Syracuse Circle. She was pronounced dead at VacaValley Hospital.The gun belonged to Michael Shanahan, a member of the Army Reserve, police said. The couple’s son is still in protective custody, King said.Police said an investigation found that the home was an unsafe environment for the children because it contained unsecured weapons,including a .40-caliber handgun, a legal assault rifle and other weapons that did not function, King said.”Another concern of the criminal investigation was the overall condition of the home, which was unkempt and dirty,” King said in a news release.The first-degree criminal-storage-of-a-firearm charge is punishable by a prison term of 16 months, two or three years and/or a $10,000 fine.The felony child abuse or neglect carries a one-year county jail term or a state prison term of two, four, or six years or four years’ probation.The felon-in-possession-of-a-firearm charge caries a one-year county jail term and/or a $1,000 fine.

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