CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- A 24-year-old Charlotte County father has been arrested for the death of his young son. The 3-year-old boy in the head with an unsecured handgun last November. The boy's injuries were fatal.
Christopher Davis is being charged with Culpable Negligence in the boy's death, for leaving out a loaded firearm. Davis, of 21302 Hubbard Avenue, turned himself in.
At the press conference where his arrest was announced, 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.”
On Nov. 18, 2012 at approximately 3:07 a.m., CCSO was dispatched to the home in reference to a medical call related to a 3-year-old boy who was not breathing and reportedly had blood on him. Upon arrival the child’s mother, 22-year-old Lisset Elias, was carrying the child wrapped in a blanket and was standing in the driveway. The child, Christopher Eli Davis, was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Charlotte County EMS took him to Peace River Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:52 a.m. The cause of death was apparently a single gunshot to the head. An immediate investigation by the CCSO Major Crimes Unit detectives ensued.
The post-mortem investigation coupled with documentary and physical evidence collected at the scene revealed 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. The investigation revealed the child would not have been able to reach the case to retrieve the gun and further suggests Davis left or stored a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor child which resulted in his death.
Davis was processed at the jail on Thursday, and was released on his own recognizance.