Atlantic County authorities have arrested a Toms River man whose 4-year-old son shot a firearm that killed a 6-year-old Ocean County neighbor in April.

Detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Anthony Senatore, 33, of McCormick Drive, Monday evening, said acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain.

He was charged with five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of children, one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and a disorderly person’s offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.

On April 8, Senatore’s 4-year-old son took an unsecured .22 caliber rifle in his father’s bedroom and fired a shot that struck his 6-year-old neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head. Holt was transported to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

Following the incident the state’s Attorney General’s office directed the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office to take over the investigation, citing a conflict of interest within the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

McClain also said the house had other unsecured firearms, including a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, two Harrington & Richardson shotguns and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun. Senatore had three children, ages 12, 8 and 4, McClain said.

The office would not release any other information about the case.

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