Hidden gun leads to child being shot

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles man who hid a loaded gun under a sofa cushion - leading to the accidental shooting of a child - has been convicted on charges of negligent injuring and possession of a stolen firearm.

The American Press reports that 26-year-old Latheris D. Thomas was given a suspended jail term, probation and ordered to pay $400 a month to the family of the wounded boy.

According to Kathy Duhon of the district attorney's office, Thomas was living with the mother of a 6-year-old child at the time of the Sept. 19, 2009, incident. The boy's 5-year-old cousin was visiting. The two found the gun and apparently tussled over it. It went off and the 5-year-old was struck in the head. He is paralyzed on one side.

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