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Man accused of neglect after accidentally shooting toddler

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a 21-year-old man they say shot a 4-year-old girl in the head with a BB gun several months ago.

Brandon Michael Hood of St. Petersburg was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of child neglect. Hood accidentally shot the child on Sept. 30, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives made their arrest after getting medical confirmation on Tuesday that the incident has left the child with "ongoing debilitating injuries," according to a news release.

The toddler, who is not being identified, is at home resting. Authorities did not release the nature of her relationship with Hood, only saying the two were "acquainted."

The shooting happened at about 6 p.m. Sept. 30 while Hood was baby-sitting.

The child's mother's had asked Hood to watch her daughter and another child while she went to a job interview.

Before leaving, she told Hood, who had been in the backyard shooting at targets he'd set up, not to use the gun around the children.

But at some point, authorities say, the children ended up in the backyard playing.

As the mother got into her car, she heard crying. She found her daughter bleeding from the head.

She was told Hood accidently shot the child with the gun.

It is unclear if the girl will completely recover, the sheriff's office said. The BB, which penetrated her brain, remains inside her skull.

Hood remained in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail Tuesday night.

Man accused of neglect after accidentally shooting toddler 02/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:01pm]
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