Father of young boy injured in accidental shooting arrested on weapon charge

STAFF REPORT :::

The father of a seven-year-old boy who sustained an accidental gunshot wound to the abdomen has been arrested.

According to a press release issued by the Griffin Police Department, Tremell Reives was on April 22, arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The victim, who has not been identified, was shot April 15, by an eight-year-old child.

Authorities say the seven-year-old was left with an upstairs neighbor while his father was working.

Investigators learned the children went to the downstairs apartment to retrieve a video game and were to return immediately.

During the time they were downstairs, the children climbed on a kitchen chair and retrieved the firearm from the top shelf of a closet, the release reported.

As the children were playing with the gun, an accidental discharge occurred and the seven-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen.

Officials say while being interviewed, the boy’s father claimed the firearm belonged to him, which resulted in the single criminal charge.

The young child continues to recover from his injuries.

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