Man shoots his 6-month-old baby while repairing his gun


Christopher Simmons 
By: Chan Yuan

A father was arrested after shooting his baby while he was repairing his gun.

The father of North Dakota, was arrested for shooting his 6-month-old daughter while she was in his care.

36-year-old Christopher Simmons was charged with reckless endangerment, and he faces five years in prison.

Bismarck police said the Simmons told officers that his rifle malfunctioned so he tried to repair it at about 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, when it accidentally fired a round.

The bullet hit the baby in the left side of the neck, police said.

The baby was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. She was since stabilized, and she is expected to recover.

Simmons told police that he was sitting on the sofa in his home on the 4300 block of Trenton Drive, as he was working on his rifle.

While trying to repair the rifle, he hit the side of the gun, causing the forward action to slam shut and discharge a round, according to the police report.

Police believe that the gun was aimed at the girl, who was laying on the floor about four feet away from where her father was sitting.

The distraught father was taken to the Burleigh County Detention Center. Judge John Grinsteiner set his bond at $500 cash.