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* Michael and Daniela Shanahan to be Psychologically Evaluated Before Being Sentenced

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The Vacaville parents of a 2-year-old girl who was killed while her brother was playing with a gun will be psychologically evaluated  before they are sentenced. Michael and Daniela Shanahan were scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon in Solano County Superior Court for child abuse and weapons charges in connection with the tragic Sept. 23 shooting. Judge Wendy Getty, however, ordered the couple to undergo diagnostic tests within the next 90 days, Daniela Shanahan’s attorney Monte Hansen said. The Shanahans were taken into custody and will likely undergo the tests at San Quentin State Prison, Hansen said. Hansen said the judge also directed the Solano County Probation Department to draft terms and conditions of probation in the event the court decides against sending the couple to prison. They face a maximum two-year prison sentence. Hansen said unless the diagnostic tests indicate otherwise, he is hopeful the couple will get probation. The diagnostic tests should be completed within 45 to 60 days, Hansen said. Deputy District Attorney Terry Ray was not available for comment this afternoon. The Shanahan’s daughter Ayana was shot around 2:10 p.m. while her 8-year-old brother was playing unsupervised with a 9mm handgun in the parents’ bedroom of the family’s Vacaville 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 Shanahans were 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. The child abuse or endangerment charges applied to both their daughter Ayana and their 8-year-old son. Daniela Shanahan also was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Vacaville police said she has a felony DUI conviction in Napa County. Michael Shanahan, 28, pleaded no contest to one count of unsafe storage of a firearm and his wife Daniela Shanahan, 27, pleaded no contest to one count of child endangerment. The remaining counts are to be dismissed at sentencing.

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