A 19-year-old Inuit man was charged with manslaughter last week after his infant sister died from a gunshot wound Aug. 9, Quebec provincial police said.

Nulukie Kaitak also was charged with careless use of a firearm and criminal negligence causing death with a firearm.

Kaitak was still in custody in Amos as of press time, but was scheduled to have a bail hearing on August 12.

Kaitak is from Salluit in northern Quebec.

Police said a man was having an argument on the phone in a downstairs room at his mother’s house when he picked up a .22-calibre Magnum rifle and fired several shots into the ceiling.

One bullet pierced the ceiling and hit the child, who was in her crib. The baby was taken to the community’s nursing station, where she was pronounced dead.