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Tampa man charged with negligence after boy finds, fires gun left in diaper bag

Ricardo Candelario Marquez, 37, of Tampa was arrested Sunday and charged with culpable negligence after he left a gun in a diaper bag at Ballast Point Park, Tampa police said. The six-year-old son of Marquez's girlfriend found the gun and discharged a round.

TAMPA — Add diaper bag to the list of places not to keep a gun.

A 37-year-old Tampa man was arrested Sunday and charged with felony culpable negligence after a 6-year-old boy found the man's gun in a diaper bag and fired the weapon at Ballast Point Park, according to Tampa police. Ricardo Candelario Marquez placed his firearm in his girlfriend's diaper bag and then walked to the fishing pier, leaving the bag unattended, police said.

The 6-year-old son of Marquez's girlfriend found the gun in the diaper bag shortly before 4 p.m. and discharged one round. The boy suffered a small abrasion on his upper lip from the recoil, police said.

According to police, a responding officer saw Marquez, who according to state records has no prior criminal history in Florida, trying to dispose of the gun in the bay. He was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Marquez remained in the Hillsborough County Jail Monday in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

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