A New Jersey man has been arrested and charged with having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children after his 4-year-old son shot and killed a 6-year-old boy.
Anthony Senatore, 33, was arrested on Monday following the shooting death of his young neighbor, Brandon Holt.
Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said that detectives arrested Senatore at a home in the Bayville section of Berkeley.
On April 8, Senatore’s son accessed an unsecured .22-caliber rifle in Senatore’s bedroom. The young boy fired a single shot which struck Holt in the head. Holt died at Jersey Shore University Medical Center the day after the accident, the Asbury Park Press reported.
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The charges against Senatore state that his children, ages 12, 8 and 4, all had access to a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, two Harrington & Richardson shotguns, a Remington 12-gauge shotgun and the loaded .22-caliber rifle that killed Holt. Senatore has been charged with five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of children and one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, a second-degree criminal offense carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison, and a third-degree charge carries a penalty of three to five years.
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