A Durham man is facing a felony child abuse charge after a 5-year-old shot herself in the hand with his gun, according to court documents.
Tyree Devon Hockaday, 28, was arrested this week on charges of negligent child abuse with serious body injury and possession of firearm by a felon, both felonies.
The charges were filed after Hockaday and a woman brought the 5-year-old girl to Duke Regional Hospital on Sept. 16 with a gunshot wound to her left hand, according to a search warrant sought by Durham police Investigator B.L. Garth.
The search warrant identified the woman as the girl’s aunt and legal guardian for the past three years. A reporter called the aunt’s cell phone Wednesday. The person who answered the phone said the 5-year-old was okay, and then hung up.
Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said the child is recovering and her injury does not appear to be life-threatening.
The 5-year-old lives in a one-story home on Martin Street in northern Durham with her aunt and Hockaday, according to the document.
The aunt told police that Hockaday had fallen asleep and left his pistol unsecured, the document states, and the 5-year-old found the pistol and accidentally shot herself.
Hockaday then hid the gun under the mattress in the master bedroom, Hockaday told police, the document states.
During the investigation, police also determined that Hockaday was wanted on a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Hockaday is charged with robbing a 26-year-old man at gunpoint in a parking lot in the 2100 block of North Roxboro Street around 2:50 a.m. on July 29, Michael said.
During the search, police seized photographs, a pistol, spent casing and bullets.
On Wednesday afternoon Hockaday remained in the Durham County on a $880,000 bail.
Hockaday was convicted of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana and speeding to elude arrest in 2010, according to state records.