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Probation for Glendale man in daughter’s accidental shooting

September 10, 2019 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A Glendale man accused of critically wounding his young daughter in an accidental shooting while cleaning a shotgun has been sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation for child abuse.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 26-year-old Eldon McInville was sentenced Tuesday after reaching a plea agreement.

He was arrested in April on suspicion of child abuse/reckless and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

McInville told police he was explaining gun safety to his 6-year-old daughter before he dropped the loaded weapon and it discharged.

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Glendale police say the girl was shot in the abdomen and faced multiple surgeries and lengthy hospitalization.

McInville told police that he had recently purchased the double-barreled shotgun and was cleaning it for the first time.

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