The New Jersey father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor has been arrested, accused of having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children, officials said.
The Atlantic County prosecutor's office announced Monday that Anthony Senatore, 33, has been charged with six counts of child endangerment and a disorderly person's offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.
Senatore's son and 6-year-old Brandon Holt were playing in their neighborhood April 8 when the 4-year-old got a loaded .22-caliber rifle from his family's home and shot Brandon in the head, authorities said. The boys were about 15 yards apart.
Brandon died at a hospital a day later.
Police were seen carrying multiple firearms out of the Senatores' home after the shooting. Anthony Senatore was known to be an avid hunter, and his three children have names associated with hunting terms, according to law enforcement sources and neighbors.
Brandon's grandmother told NBC 4 New York at the time she was angry the family failed to take enough caution in locking up their guns.
"I can't believe that they found 11 guns in that house," said Donna Elefante. "I mean, with three kids? Give me a break.
How does this little boy go back to school now? As a parent, How do you respond when the 4yr old ask "Why did Daddy leave"? At what age do you tell the 4yr old what happened? Should the father be charged with some type of homicide?