Negligence charge for father in child's death

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PORT CHARLOTTE -

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell called a press conference Thursday afternoon in reference to an arrest involving the November death of a 2-year-old.

Sheriff Prummell announced that 24-year-old Christopher C. Davis, the child's father, turned himself into the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office on Thursday on the felony charge of culpable negligence.

Deputies responded to Davis' home on Hubbard Avenue just after 3:30 a.m.on November 18 2012.

Detectives said 2-year-old Christopher Eli Davis apparently got a hold of an unsecured firearm that his father left in the closet within reach of the child, and shot himself.

Christopher was transported to Peace River Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"Unfortunately, now a family is grieving once again. First for the death of a child and now for the arrest and subsequent prosecution of the father for his negligence which caused death of child," said Sheriff Prummell.

Officials say the gun was legally owned.

Davis has been released from the Charlotte County Jail on his own recognizance.

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