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Anthony Senatore, N.J. father of 4-year-old who police say shot and killed playmate, 6, reportedly charged

Brandon Holt CBS New York

Brandon Holt, who was fatally shot by Anthony Senatore's 4-year-old son on April 8.
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(CBS/AP) TOMS RIVER, N.J. - The father of a 4-year-old New Jersey boy who police say fatally shot his 6-year-old playmate last month is free on $100,000 bail, reports CBS New York.

Authorities arrested 33-year-old Anthony Senatore of Toms River, N.J. on Monday night. He has reportedly been charged with multiple counts of endangering the welfare of children and enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.

Officials say Senatore's 4-year-old son took a .22 caliber rifle from a bedroom and fired, killing neighbor Brandon Holt, 6, on April 8. It's not clear whether the boy pulled the trigger or whether the gun accidentally discharged, according to the report.

According to CBS New York, authorities are not sure how the 4-year-old got a hold of the weapon. Sources told the station last month that the boy found the rifle under a bed and then went outside and shot Holt, who was sitting in a quad nearby.

Officials say four shotguns also were found in close proximity to ammunition and were accessible to Senatore's three children. Senatore's other children are 12 and 8 years old.

CBS New York reports New Jersey gun owners are required by law to properly secure weapons if they know children could have access to them. Ways to secure firearms include using a container box or a trigger lock.

Complete coverage of the Brandon Holt case on Crimesider

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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