Baby Shot With AK-47; Parents Arrested

December 3rd, 2010 by Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 7-month-old boy remains hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a bullet from an assault rifle while in a room at a Westside motel.
According to state attorney’s office, the shot was accidentally discharged from an AK-47 just before 3 a.m. at the Super 8 Motel on Youngerman Circle.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office told Channel 4 that the bullet grazed the baby’s chest and struck his arm.
The boy was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. His injuries were described as non-life-threatening.
The boy’s parents, Justin Satterfield, 25, and Brandy Purvis, 24, were arrested and charged with child abuse. Satterfield was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police said the two were fighting over the gun when it accidentally went off.
Lashon Ames, a motel guest staying next door to where the shooting happened, said he heard arguing in the room and then a single shot and called 911 while his friend rushed to tend to the injured child.
“When I come out of my room, there’s a baby laying on the floor with a hole in his arm,” Ames said. “So, within 10 seconds later, I see this baby laying here on the concrete, and the mom’s over top of the baby. So we suggest making a tourniquet to stop the blood from flowing, and probably within two to three minutes the paramedics pulled up, grabbed the baby and took him off.”
A Department of Children and Families spokesman said the child will be given to protective services after it is released from the hospital.

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