NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Tennessee man is charged with being a convicted felon with a gun after a toddler grabbed it and fatally shot a 7-year-old cousin.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith announced the charge Thursday against 27-year-old Anthony Patrick Sanders of Nashville.
Police say Harmony Warfield was shot Tuesday in an apartment where her aunt and three children, ages 14, 11 and 2, were present. Authorities say the children were in the kitchen and that the 14-year-old reported the 2-year-old was holding the gun. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental.
A criminal complaint says Sanders, who was outside at the time, entered and took the gun and fled.
It says Sanders finished an eight-year kidnapping sentence last year.
It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.
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