Sanford Police Arrest Baby Sitter After Girl Fatally Shoots Herself

Erik Dominick Williams is accused of storing an unsecured gun under a sofa where a 6-year-old girl could access it

Authorities have arrested a Florida man in connection with the accidental shooting death of a 6-year-old girl for whom he was caring.

Sanford police said in a news release that they arrested Erik Dominick Williams after the girl he was watching found and handled an unsecured firearm Tuesday that accidentally discharged.

Officials received a call from Central Florida Regional Hospital staff on Tuesday, who reported that a girl had been admitted with an apparent gunshot wound.

Following an investigation, officers determined that Williams had knowledge that the firearm was stored without any safety mechanisms under a sofa. Police say Williams knowingly allowed the girl to play in the area where the firearm was located.

Williams was booked on charges of child neglect with great bodily harm and unsafe storage of a firearm. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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