VENICE, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man faces a felony charge after authorities say he left a loaded firearm within easy reach of a his 3-year-old son, who shot his 1-year-old sister.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reports that 35-year-old Reynold Franzen told detectives that he left his handgun in the car when he went into a store. He then forgot about the gun.
Five days later, Franzen's son found the gun while in the car in a preschool parking lot. While the mother was outside talking to another parent, the boy took the weapon from the glove compartment and fired a single shot, hitting his sister in the face.
The Herald-Tribune (http://goo.gl/st1e9s) reports that the baby girl was treated at a hospital and has since been released.
Franzen faces a charge of culpable negligence.
Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com