Father Fatally Shoots Toddler at St. Pete Home

Makayla Steele, a mother of two-year-old Armani, has spoken out in favor of the boy’s father and described the incident as a tragic accident. Creary’s loved ones insist he would never injure his kid on purpose. “He would light up the room when he walked in there. He had a smile and sometimes a smirk,” Makayla’s aunt Jessica Burton said.

A two-year-old toddler was shot and killed by his father on Sunday night, police in St. Petersburg report. Aaron Creary, the child’s father, was arrested on charges of aggravated manslaughter and breach of probation, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Armani Creary, 2, was found dead at a 15th Avenue South house, according to detectives. According to the police, Creary is suspected of shooting his 2-year-old nephew after an argument at his parents’ house.

Father Fatally Shoots Toddler at St. Pete Home (1)
Father Fatally Shoots Toddler at St. Pete Home

According to authorities, Creary was attempting to transport his son to the hospital when he lost control of the vehicle and collided with another vehicle in the closed business’ parking lot on 34th Street South and 15th Avenue South. St. Petersburg police said the toddler was sent to the hospital but was confirmed dead there.

Makayla Steele, mother of two-year-old Armani, has spoken out in favor of the boy’s father and described the incident as a tragic accident. Creary’s loved ones insist he would never injure his kid on purpose.

“He would light up the room when he walked in there. He had a smile and sometimes a smirk,” Makayla’s aunt Jessica Burton said.  Armani and his identical twin sister Aubrianna turned 2 last month. According to Burton, Armani enjoyed “Paw Patrol,” as well as spending time at the ranch with the horses.

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“It’s going to be very difficult for Aubrianna, but she will get as well as everybody in the family, the much-needed support,” Burton said. “We already have plan for counseling everybody’s young, but all the siblings are really close nieces, nephews.”

Only 24 hours after the toddler’s death, family and friends gathered at St. Pete’s Childs Park for a balloon release and vigil on Monday evening. “There’s no doubt in my mind family will get through this. It’s going to be a long road,” Burton said.

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