Denton County Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Daughter

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Denton County man accused of fatally shooting his 10-year-old daughter while recklessly handling a revolver has been investigated repeatedly by Child Protective Services.

Authorities believe he had been drinking when he fired the shot, but a state investigator tells the Denton Record-Chronicle there's no indication it was intentional homicide.

The investigation continues in the case of Duke Lawrence Watrous, 36, of Oak Point. He remained jailed Wednesday on charges of manslaughter, criminal negligence and tampering with evidence.

According to court records, Watrous and the girl's mother have been investigated on child abuse and neglect allegations since 2003. Watrous' attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

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