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GEISMAR — Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Gonzales father on a misdemeanor count in connection with an Oct. 1 accidental shooting that injured his 6-year-old child.

Deputies also brought unrelated drug counts upon his arrest this week in connection with the shooting, deputies added Thursday.

Deputies said Arthur Robertson, 31, had left his 6- and 3-year-olds in the car with a pistol inside while he shopped at the Family Dollar Store in Geismar on Oct. 1.

The 3-year-old accidentally shot the 6-year-old sibling while in the car at the store parking lot off La. 74, deputies said in a statement Thursday. 

The 6-year-old was taken by helicopter to a hospital but is now recovering, deputies said.

Robertson was arrested Tuesday night on a misdemeanor count of improper supervision of a minor by parent in connection with the shooting, deputies said.

Separately, he was also arrested on counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, illegal use of a controlled substance in presence of a juvenile and possession of marijuana, deputies said.

He remained Thursday in Ascension Parish Prison with bail of $3,500, online jail records say.

Editor's note: This story was changed Nov. 6, 2020, to correct the status of the 6-year-old who was shot. He survived the shooting.


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