Father charged after 3-year-old son shoots 1-year-old sister

AP News
Posted: May 28, 2015 2:53 PM

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