Arizona Man Charged After Accidental Shooting

accidental shootingSometimes we hear stories that really make us wonder what was going on at the time the alleged crime was committed. We hope that, with any crime you hear about on the news, you reserve judgment. We know that can be hard to do, but it is an essential part of our criminal justice system.

Today, we want to bring you the story of an Arizona man recently charged with aggravated assault and child abuse after his 6-year-old daughter was shot while he was teaching her about gun safety.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a serious crime, please seek legal assistance immediately. You need to secure a knowledgeable and experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney who can get to work on your case now.

How This Happened

We realize that the story we are bringing you is still under investigation and that the facts of the case will come out eventually. What we know so far is that Eldon Mcinville, 26, was arrested by Glendale police after his young daughter was shot in the stomach at their home.

Police say that Mcinville initially told police that he was cleaning his shotgun and tripped while he was putting it away, causing it to fire and strike his daughter.

However, reports say that he later claimed he had been teaching his daughter about gun safety and had been loading it with birdshot ammo and that the gun “somehow went off.”

The girl was airlifted to a local hospital. Reports say she has a fractured pelvic bone and is expected to need several surgeries.

Mcinville has been charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of child abuse causing serious physical injury.

These Charges Are Serious

We want to briefly review each charge that Mcinville is facing according to Arizona law. Aggravated assault is a felony and usually happens when:

  • A serious injury or substantial disfigurement has been caused
  • A deadly weapon or dangerous instrument was used to put a person in imminent fear of serious physical injury
  • There has been an assault of a public servant (police officer, firefighter, teacher, hospital staff, etc.)

Charges for this crime range from a Class 2 Felony to a Class 5 Felony and a guilty conviction can result in up to 15 years in prison.

According to Arizona law, child abuse is:

  • Infliction or allowing of physical injury, impairment of bodily function or disfigurement, serious emotional damage diagnosed by a doctor or psychologist, and as evidenced by severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or aggressive behavior caused by acts or omissions of individual having care and custody of child.

Penalties for child abuse can range from a Class 2 Felony to a Class 6 Felony depending on the injuries a child sustains. A guilty verdict can result in up to 10 years in prison.

In the case mentioned above, the little girl is in critical condition. If she dies, Mcinville will certainly face murder charges.

Moving Forward From Here

We need to stress the need to secure an Arizona criminal defense attorney immediately if you or a loved one have been charged with a serious crime. These are serious charges and can come with prison time, monetary punishments, and a permanent mark on your criminal record.

Law enforcement officials and prosecutors take allegations of assault and child abuse very seriously. They absolutely should, but there are many cases in which these charges have been wrongfully applied. Take the steps necessary to ensure your charges are reduced or dropped – secure an attorney today.

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