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STRATFORD – A South Jersey police officer charged with child endangerment after his 8-year-old daughter fatally shot herself with a gun he owned has quit the force after he was allowed to enter a pretrial program.

Kenneth Righter’s recent resignation from the Stratford police force was a condition of his entry into the state's Pre-Trial Intervention program. He had been on unpaid leave for nearly 18 months.

The charge against him will be dismissed if he successfully completes the program.

Camden County prosecutors have said Righter left his personal .357-caliber revolver loaded and unsecured on a shelf above his bed before his daughter, Sailor Righter, shot herself. The girl was found by an older sibling on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Righter’s other children were 14 and 17 at the time their sister died.

Righter, who had been the Stratford Police Department's assistant firearms instructor, also faced a disorderly persons charge of storing firearms if minor may have access.

Righter, a 13-year veteran of the police department at the time of the incident, was on duty and wasn't home when the shooting occurred, his attorney Dennis Wixted previously told the Courier-Post.

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