Father arrested in accidental shooting of 2-year-old, Roswell police say

Roswell police said the child was accidentally shot while his father was manipulating a gun in a bedroom.

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Roswell police said the child was accidentally shot while his father was manipulating a gun in a bedroom.

A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday on charges he unintentionally shot his 2-year-old son.

Arnijae Stroud is facing charges of child cruelty and reckless conduct in connection with the shooting Friday afternoon at a home on Millbrook Circle in Roswell. Investigators said the child was accidentally shot while Stroud was manipulating a gun in a bedroom.

Police officers and ambulance crews administered first aid before rushing the toddler to a hospital, where he was said to be stable Monday, according to Roswell police.

In a statement, Roswell police Chief James Conroy said he was proud of the team of first responders “who worked seamlessly to save the life of this young boy.”

“This was a terrible but entirely preventable accident, and serves as a stark reminder of the need for extreme care and responsibility in the handling of firearms,” he said.

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The incident is the latest in a string of shootings that have injured or killed children in metro Atlanta this year. Just last month, at least four children were shot, including 4-year-old Janiyah Jenkins.

Jenkins was accidentally shot at a DeKalb County home March 28 and died the following day. Her uncle, 27-year-old Levante Cummings, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree child cruelty in her death.

Police in Atlanta have pledged to hold gun owners responsible when children are accidentally shot, regardless of who pulled the trigger. When a 1-year-old boy was shot and killed by another child earlier this year, Lt. Ralph Woolfolk pleaded with gun owners to “please secure your weapons.”

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“Any persons that might have contributed to these types of injuries or deaths ... as a result of irresponsible gun ownership and having left weapons unattended, you will be charged,” the Atlanta police homicide commander said.