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Manchester man arrested in case of boy, 5, who shot self

January 10. 2014 8:09AM

MANCHESTER - A city man is under arrest, charged with felony reckless conduct for placing a loaded .22 caliber handgun next to his girlfriend's young son who picked it up and shot himself in the hip.

Sonday Bishop, 29, of 420 Spruce St., was arrested Thursday by Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies as he drove off from a Lake Avenue apartment. Deputies pulled over the motor vehicle and arrested him. A Hillsborough County Superior grand jury issued the indictment on Dec. 18.

The accident happened on Nov. 30 about 2:30 a.m. in a third floor apartment at 420 Spruce St. that Bishop shared with the child's mother, Charmaine Beard. Bishop, in speaking with a reporter last year about the incident, referred to the 5-year-old child as is son, De'Jon, but police said he is not the boy's biological father.

According to a news release issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office on Thursday, the indictment alleges Bishop placed a loaded .22 caliber handgun next to the little boy, who then picked it up and shot himself.

The child was treated at the Elliot Hospital and later released.

A Hillsborough County grand jury issued the secret indictment against Bishop on Dec. 18, according to Deputy Sgt. Brian Newcomb.

At his arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Northern District, Judge Gillian Abramson set bail for Bishop at $25,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the victim or any juvenile under age 16. Bishop said he wants to find his own attorney, rather than fill out a financial affidavit and have court-appointed attorney if he qualifies financially.

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