Published: Oct 14, 2010 9:28 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 14, 2010 6:28 PM EDT

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A 17-year-old neighbor has been charged with shooting a 12-year-old Deerfield Beach boy in the face earlier this week.

The Broward Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that the teen, who was not identified, had been charged with attempted manslaughter. Deputies reportedly found a cache of weapons in teen's room.

Officials say the victim, Anthony Alejandre, was at the teen's home Monday when the shooting occurred. The bullet went through his right cheek, severed his spinal cord and exited through his neck. He remains hospitalized.

Authorities say the 17-year-old changed his story several times, initially claiming that Alejandre accidentally shot himself.

Investigators say the wound does not appear to be self-inflicted.