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Charges Filed Against NJ Father of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Shot and Killed Neighbor, 6

Posted by on May. 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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Charges Filed Against NJ Father of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Shot and Killed Neighbor, 6

Tuesday, May 14, 2013  |  Updated 6:45 AM EDT
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Neighbor's Dad Charged in 6-Year-Old's Shooting Death

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." 

Attorney information for Senatore was not immediately available, and a phone number was not listed. 

The Atlantic County prosecutor's office took over investigation of the case early on because the Senatores have relatives who worked in law enforcement in Ocean County, where Toms River is located.  

One resident said the two families had not lived in the neighborhood for long and she did not know them well. 

“I'm sad for the children involved and their families, but I'm angry with whoever owns that gun and allowed a little child to get hold of it,” Debi Coto, who lives a few doors down, said after the shooting.

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by on May. 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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krysstizzle
by on May. 14, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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Good.

Every parent of all these children getting ahold of guns and killing people should be charged with murder. 

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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Good.  You want guns, fine, but I have no problem holding people responsible for the damage inflicted by guns. Those poor little boys.  

Woodbabe
by Woodie on May. 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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Excellent! I'm 100% pro-gun and I believe in enforcing the laws on the books. This man was irresponsible and left his weapons unsecured. THIS is what happens. Millions of children live in home with guns...safely. Punish those who break the laws!

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on May. 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

That's how it should be. Make examples of these poor excuse of parents.

GLWerth
by Gina on May. 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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It's good that charges were filed, but it won't bring peace to a family that lost their child to a senseless act of violence.

free1
by ~FreeSpirit~ on May. 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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 "I can't believe that they found 11 guns in that house," said Donna Elefante. "I mean, with three kids? Give me a break.."

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

 Good!  That father should be charged!

TCgirlatheart
by TC on May. 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM


Quoting krysstizzle:

Good.

Every parent of all these children getting ahold of guns and killing people should be charged with murder. 

Goodwoman614
by Satan on May. 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Seems many of the *Usual Suspects* are MIA from this post. 

Hmm..

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on May. 14, 2013 at 9:26 PM
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 Glad he is being charged. Irresponsible gun owners give good responsible gun owners a bad name.

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