Mom of boy hurt by gunfire gets visitation
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Four adults were arrested after police said one of them made a dangerous decision and admitted to accidentally firing a high-powered weapon into a 5-year-old's bedroom.
Shamor Dunkley, the mother of 5-year-old Anthony Morris who was injured by a gun fired inside her Pembroke Park apartment Wednesday, was told that, for now, she could only have supervised visitation when her son gets out of the hospital and that the stepfather is banned.
Dependency Court Judge Susan Lebow said, "I don't think the child is in any danger from mom, but this guy is not to be around your child. Do you understand this, ma'am? This man is not to be around your child."
The mother was not among the four arrested after the incident, but state social workers are concerned with risks in the child's home environment.
The stepfather, 27-year-old Kamoy Sharpe, is accused with firing the shot. Investigators said he told them he thought his .357 Magnum Dessert Eagle was unloaded when he squeezed the trigger, but the bullet went through his stepson's bedroom wall and debris injured the child. "Charged with child neglect causing great harm, count one. Count two, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Count Three, is a probation violation," said Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley.
Three others are charged with trying to help cover up the crime and hide his weapon. Two of those had a 2-month-old son with them at the same apartment along with a third child at the time of the shooting. The female, 20-year-old Shanek Heron, is the little boy's aunt.
Judge Lebow said, "Now, my concern is this: the mothers are sisters living in the same household where the gun was."
All together, three children and at least four adults were present when the gun was fired.
The child's mother, Shamor Dunkley, refused to comment afterwards. Her son Anthony Morris has an injury to a lung.
On Monday, 7News was told he was awake and breathing on his own and continues to recover at Joe Dimaggio's Children Hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery.
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