Dangers of Guns and Domestic Violence to Children – Toddler Accidentally Shot in Jacksonville, Florida

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A 7-month-old baby was recently shot with an assault rifle while staying at a Super 8 Motel on Youngman Circle in Jacksonville, Florida. The gun accidentally went off around 3 a.m., grazing the infant’s chest and striking him in the arm. The boy’s parents, Justin Satterfield, 25, and Brandy Purvis, 24, were allegedly arguing over the AK-47 when it accidentally fired. Both parents have been taken into custody and charged with child abuse. Satterfield was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The baby boy was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was listed in serious but stable condition. If you would like to read more on this story please read Baby shot by assault rifle in Jacksonville, Florida hotel.

Both parents of this child are very fortunate the infant was not fatally injured. Having guns around children can be risky and highly dangerous. Also, in some instances it is illegal in the state of Florida for certain people to possess firearms, including but not limited to convicted felons and people with protective orders filed against them. If you do own a firearm, it is important to restrict a child’s access to the weapon, doing so is live saving.