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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Erica Sade Graham, 31, of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of her eight-year-old daughter.

On September 13, 2022, at approximately 11:52 a.m., in the 8840 block of Heyden Street, it is alleged that a 10-year-old child found an unsecured handgun in the home and fired it, striking the victim. She was taken to a local fire house and medics transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased on arrival.

Erica Safe Graham has been charged with one count of Involuntary Manslaughter, two counts of Second-Degree Child Abuse, and three counts of Felony Firearm. *

She was arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court before Magistrate Laura Echartea and given a $150,000 personal bond. If released, the defendant will have a GPS tether with home confinement. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 30, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for October 7, 2022, at 1:45 p.m., before Judge Kenneth King.

Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

"How many children have to die because of an unsecured weapon? Why is it so hard to secure a gun when you know that children either live or visit your home frequently? Why are the deaths of these children acceptable because surely if preventing these deaths was a priority, the political will to fix this would be at an all-time high," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.