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Florida dad arrested after 12-year-old son accidentally shot himself

He left his assault-style rifle under his bed, leaving it available for his son to fatally shoot himself.

Christopher Wyatt, a father of four, arrested on a manslaughter charge after his 12-year-old son discovered a loaded semiautomatic rifle under his dad’s bed and then accidentally shot himself in the head.

12-year-old son accidentally

According to the records, the 12-year-old son was sleeping on the floor of the master bedroom with his 7-year-old sister close by and his 10-year-old sister on the bed. The father had left his assault-style rifle under his bed, leaving it available for his son to fatally shoot himself.

Wyatt and his wife heard a loud bang and their 10-year-old daughter scream and found his son lying on the floor with a bullet wound in his head. Authorities said Wyatt had previously stored his assault-style rifle underneath the bed, close to where the children were sleeping.

As per the medical examiner, the child’s cause of death was an accident. In the investigation it was found that the child reached for the firearm, accidentally discharging it

Florida law requires gun owners to secure firearms in a locked container or with a trigger lock if kids under the age of 16 have access to them.

 

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Written by Charles Stillwater

Mr. Charles has worked with BBC for several years before joining as chief editor for Orlando Solution. He is a father of two beautiful daughters and currently living in the beautiful city of Orlando. He likes to play basketball in his free time.

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  1. Definitely a Dumbass. But I have to wonder how this is going to effect the rest of the family and the mother of these kids. First they loose a child.
    And they will loose the father. Even though he is a dumbass this is going to destroy him and this entire family.

    • ALL GUN OWNERS NEED TO SEE SOMETHING HAPPEN TO THIS FATHER. BY A SLAP ON THE HAND DO YOU THINK ANYONE SECOND GUESS WHAT IT MEANS TO BEING RESPONSIBLE? WE HAVE TO MANY UNRESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER NOW. ONE IS TO MANY. BLOW WHAT HAPPEN HERE UP. GET IN EVERY GUN OWNERS HEAD AND START MAKING THEM MORE RESPONSIBLE. HAD THIS GUY BEEN READING THIS STORY THE DAY BEFORE, DON’T YOU THINK HE WOUD HAVE RETHOUGHT HIS RESPONSIBLE. HE DID NOT HAVE ONE CHILD IN HIS HOME 3 INNOCENT CHILDREN UNDER THAT ROOF. WHY SLAP ON PERSON HAND AND SEND THE NEXT ON TO PRISON ON FOR LIFE. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAW BASE ON WHAT? Who you are? Oh let’s feel bad for this guy? A crime is a crime. This Father should pay for his negligence in helping take his own sons life.

      • I hope to God that one day When you make a mistake in life that mercy is shown to you. This father is grieving the loss his son. Have some compassion and humanity.

  2. How sad..another kid dead because of parental negligence..certainly we have our 2nd..but there needs to be some much needed reform..to paraphrase Trumps cout nominee…everyone dies not have the right to a gun

    • That’s what’s wrong, we quickly condemn the father for leaving the assault rifle where his son ad access to it. How about we condemn our politician’s for letting civilians but the weapons in the first place? Those kind of weapons are produced for one reason, to kill people!

      • I completely agree with you 100% there is no reason for a civilian to own an AR or any other type of Rifle. Then you have people say that they hunt, fine hide your rifle in the garage where your children don’t know it is be a responsible gun owner / parent

      • You can’t make everyone responsible for one’s who don’t follow the rules of owning guns this guy definitely deserves to go to prison but you can’t punish all gun owners for his mistake

  3. The author of this article makes me sick…over and over I read..father leaves gun under bed for 12 yo to shoot himself…I doubt that was his intent…at 12 I was already hunting and had my own gun.a .22 ruger. The only mistake the father made was that he should of familiarized his children about guns..when I was a kid that is what my grand father did along with many of my friends parents…as a kid we learned how to use a gun and respect a fun at an early age.prayers for the family

    • Exactly!! The only thing lacking in this scenario, as with many like it, poor parenting is to blame! When we don’t teach our children about guns and other dangers they can easily get hurt, die or hurt someone else! Life is this way in most situations.

    • 100% agree , we thought our and grandchildren from a early age about respect and guns , our children own their own guns from a early age, and have taught their children about guns , it’s the most important part of gun ownership, when you have children

    • thank God somebody can read this and actually understand what the story is about and not turn it into politics and how it’s Trump’s fault. Prayers do need to go out for this family

  4. this will never leave the minds of the entire family it is one hell of a price they all are going to pay for the mistakes of the father with all that is going on in the country today i’m shore the father wonted to protect his family if he had to i just don’t understand why he didn’t talk to his sibling before this happened it is just sad because they all will suffer now in many ways so so sad

  5. Something similar happened in my family in 1959 however it was a 14 year old child who came back from a hunting trip with his dad leaving a rifle in a closet where a 9 year old child was able to access and shoot herself. No charges but there was a write up in the paper. That was a one time mistake but it seems like this dad did this on the regular. What a horrible lesson to learn.

  6. What on earth could a “family man” and father of 4 possibly need with a shotgun? RIP little dude… Wasn’t your fault 😰

    • People usually by guns for protection.What happened was definetely a tragedy and I don’t condone being irresponsible. But why charge a father for manslaughter due to an accident but not a mother for killing her own child in the womb by abortion? Now that is premeditated murder.

  7. This father did NOT practice propper gun safety. It appears that he had a round in the chamber with the safety off. If that is true it was more than probable with 4 kids in the house and easy access that a catastrophe was waiting to happen. Was Mom aware of these conditions also?

  8. What on earth could a “family man” and father of 4 possibly need with a shotgun? RIP little dude… Wasn’t your fault 😰

  9. I completely agree with you 100% there is no reason for a civilian to own an AR or any other type of Rifle. Then you have people say that they hunt, fine hide your rifle in the garage where your children don’t know it is be a responsible gun owner / parent

  10. This guy was NOT a responsive gun owner, by the time I was 12 I was competing with all sorts of firearms and knew how to clean them and secure them when not using them

  11. What about the mother??? She too should be held accountable for the negligence of the gun safe keeping. If the father is being held responsible then so should the mother. Why not just ruin all the kids lives and take both parents away from them because of this tragic accident. And place them in foster homes to be beaten and molested and to place them on Government Financial Support. All because of an accident. I’m sure the child had more than likely been told numerous times not to mess with the firearm, but like children are more than known for defiance. Prayers for this Devastated Father and Family.

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