A month after the ill-fated shooting, the father of Brandon Holt's accidental killer has been charged responsible for the death of the 6-year-old. Anthony Senatore of Toms River, N.J. was charged with several counts of endangering the welfare of children after law enforcement agencies found multiple unsecured weapons laying around in his house which are very much accessible to kids.
Mr. Senatore is the father of the 4-year-old boy who shot and killed Brandon after finding a loaded .22-caliber rifle in his parents' bedroom on April 8.
The prosecutor's office in Atlantic County said Mr Senatore faces five counts of second-degree child endangerment for storing five unsecured firearms in places where they were accessible to his children, and one count of third-degree child endangerment for storing one of those firearms in a place where it endangered the welfare of the 6-year-old who was killed.
Police officials said they found four shotguns, including two Harrington & Richardson shotguns as well as a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, in close proximity to ammunition and accessible to his three young children, aged 12, 8 and 4 years old.
Convictions for every second-degree count usually amount between 5 to 10 years in prison. If Mr Senatore gets convicted, he could last up to 50 years in jail.
Toms River is located 70 miles south of New York City. Witnesses recounted Mr Senatore's 4-year-old then playing outside with Brandon on the evening of April 8 when the younger child went inside his house. Minutes later, he came out with a loaded weapon in his hand. The gun went off, hitting Brandon, who was 45 feet away in a go-cart. Brandon died the next day in a hospital.
Arrested on Monday, Mr Senatore posted a $100,000 bail the same night.