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Port Charlotte father arrested for shooting death of son, age 3

FOX 4 Staff

Port Charlotte father arrested for shooting death of son, age 3

CREATED Jan. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 24, 2013

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell announced the arrest this afternoon of the father of a 3-year-old boy who shot himself in the head with an unsecured handgun last November.

24-year-old Christopher C. Davis of Port Charlotte is charged with culpable negligence, a felony. 

Sheriff Prummell said, “Citizens do have the Constitutional right to own firearms, but, if they are going to own a firearm, they must take responsibility for its security.” 

The incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. on November 18 when a medical call him related to a three-year-old boy who was not breathing and reportedly had blood on him.

Deputies arrived to find the child’s mother, Lisset Elias, 22, was carrying the child wrapped in a blanket; she standing in the driveway. The boy, Christopher Eli Davis, was not breathing and had no pulse.  He died from a single gunshot wound to the head. 

Evidence showed the injuries were consistent with the victim shooting himself. The semi-automatic weapon used, which caused the death of the child, belonged to his father Christopher Davis who thought he had secured the weapon in a case, out of reach of the child. 

Investigators determined Davis left or stored a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor child which resulted in his death.

Davis had been released on his own recognizance.  

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