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Seffner Man Facing Felony Child Neglect Charge After Alleged Accidental Shooting

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A Seffner man is facing felony charges on allegations that he accidentally shot and wounded a child while cleaning a firearm.

Deputies say the 28-year-old man was disassembling his semi-automatic pistol to clean it while supervising a 12-year-old boy last week when he inadvertently pulled the trigger. Despite believing the firearm to be unloaded, the pistol fired a single round that struck the child in the lower torso area.

Authorities first became aware of the situation when they responded to the report of a child arriving to a local hospital with a gunshot wound. Deputies say the wound was of a severity that it exceeded the capabilities of the first hospital, requiring the child to be moved from Brandon to Tampa.

Meanwhile, detectives appealed to the court for a warrant for the defendant's arrest, which was ultimately granted. The California native was arrested last Tuesday and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on a charge of child neglect with great bodily harm. He was released after posting a bond of $7,500.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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