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Glendale dad gets probation for daughter’s accidental shooting

Eldon McInville (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – A Glendale man who was arrested after the accidental shooting of his 6-year-old daughter in April was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of supervised probation, authorities said.

Eldon McInville was sentenced by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jay Adleman after pleading guilty to child abuse in July.

McInville, 26, was initially charged with child abuse, causing serious physical injury and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after his arrest.

Court documents said McInville was cleaning a shotgun for the first time after recently purchasing it and was teaching his daughter about gun safety. He told police he had never fired the weapon and researched loading it on Google and YouTube.

He told police he tripped while carrying the loaded gun to put it away after cleaning it.

The weapon discharged, striking his daughter in the stomach.

After McInville called 911, the girl was airlifted to a hospital, where she underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries.

Police at the time said she was expected to be hospitalized for months. No other information about her condition was made available.

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