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Father charged in accidental shooting of 20-month-old

Posted May 19, 2010 8:47 a.m. EDT

— A Halifax County father was charged Sunday after a 20-month-old boy shot himself in the foot while playing with a gun.

Timothy Eugene Russell Jr., of Aurelian Springs, was charged with storage of a firearm accessible to a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released on a $2,500 bond and scheduled to appear in court June 9.

Detective Jonathan Merritt, with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, said the boy was brought to Halifax Regional Medical Center on Feb. 18 to be treated for a gunshot wound on his foot.

Merrit said that investigators determined that Russell was repairing a gun and left it on a washing machine, where the boy was able to get a hold of it.