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Couple charged in fatal shooting of boy, 2, in East Penn

A couple has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old boy Sunday in East Penn Township.

Andrew Zawoiski, 28, and Christina McFarland, 24, both of Lehighton, were arraigned this morning at the office of District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.

Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller identified the boy as Christian Zawoiski.

The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. Sunday at his home along Laurel Springs Road.

Lehighton paramedics rushed Christian to the St. Luke’s Lehighton Campus, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police determined that the unattended boy was able to access a loaded handgun and shot himself with it. Police said there were several loaded guns, marijuana and pills in the residence.

Both Zawoiski and McFarland face charges of involuntary manslaughter; endangering the welfare of children - parent/guardian/other commits offense; marijuana - small amount personal use; use/possession of drug paraphernalia; and recklessly endangering another person.

We will update the story as more information becomes available.

The scene of the shooting in East Penn Township. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS