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Dale City Man Charged After July 25 Accidental Shooting of Child

The accused was charged with cruelty and injuries to children.

Police have arrested and charged Dale City resident Jasmine Darnell Matthews in connection with the , Prince William County police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau charged the man on Aug. 8 after consulting the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. 

"The investigation revealed that the accused, the victim’s step-father, had left a loaded handgun in another family member’s unsecured vehicle which was parked in front of the residence. The victim was able to get into the vehicle and found the handgun, which accidentally discharged," Perok said. 

Matthews was charged with cruelty and injuries to children. His court date is unavailable. He was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.

Editor's Note: The above information comes from the Prince William County police department. Where arrests and charges are mentioned it does not indicate a conviction.

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Nick Whitten August 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Why is he driving around with a loaded hand gun? And was it purchased legally?
Marc Lau August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM
If I recall from the original article related to this incident, the guy is a security guard or something. Why it was loaded during off-duty hours and in an unsecured vehicle is straight up irresponsible.
Joe George August 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
"Matthews was charged with cruelty and injuries to children"? Was there nothing else they could have charged this guy? I'm sure that he is remorseful for what happened, but a mom had to bury her baby because of her husband. It is almost as bad as if he pulled the trigger himself. I do not see him serving much time, but hopefully has to conduct some type of worthwhile community service about gun safety.

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