Stepfather charged for leaving handgun unsecured after boy shoots sister

BSO: Stepfather left .38-caliber revolver, ammunition in his nightstand drawer

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OAKLAND PARK, Fla. - A stepfather who deputies say left a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition in his nightstand drawer is being charged with culpable negligence after his 13-year-old stepson found the weapon and shot his 6-year-old sister.

Deputies said the siblings had been home alone just before 7 p.m. on May 4 when the shooting happened in Oakland Park.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Angela Divin, 6, survived after she was hit once in the chest and is recovering from her injuries.

Angela's stepfather, 27-year-old Hary Charles, told detectives he left the gun and bullets in his nightstand.

After the shooting, deputies said the boy went to a neighbor's house, saying he needed help calling his mother. The neighbor followed the teen back to his house and found Angela, her shirt covered in blood, according to deputies.

Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported the girl to Broward Health Medical Center in critical condition. Deputies said she is now recovering from her injuries.

Charles has been charged with one count of culpable negligence for allowing a minor access to a weapon with injury.

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