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Man arrested after showing photo of himself holding baby and gun

By Mason White 4:53 AM February 3, 2013
Domonic Gaines

By: Shifra Unger
A man was arrested and charged after posting a photo of himself holding his baby along with a gun, according to police reports in Ohio.
The Ohio father was arrested after police said he posted a picture on facebook of himself with his baby daughter and a pellet gun, according to press reports.

Domonic Gaines, 22, was charged with child neglect. Police told a television news station that the proximity of the child to the gun in the photo is of concern. Gaines was initially believed to be holding a firearm in the photo, according to previous reports.

Gaines was in court Monday and called the incident a misunderstanding. I was playing with the gun while visiting relatives, he said. His lawyer said Gaines’ former wife saw the photo and alerted authorities, according to court records.

“What had happened was that he was with his nephews and his daughter, everyone was playing. He was playing with a BB gun with his nephews. His brother came and wanted to take a picture of him with his daughter at the same time he was holding the BB gun,” his lawyer told the television news station.

Dykes Wilson, the girl’s grandfather, told the television news station that the issue has been exaggerated.

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