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MI Man In Unsafe Gun Storage Case After Daughter, 2, Shoots Self

Genesee County, Mi., Prosecutor David Leyton announced charges Tuesday against a Flint father whose 2-year-old daughter accidentally shot herself on Valentine's Day, reports CBS News. Michael Tolbert, 44, was arraigned on charges of first-degree child abuse, violating Michigan's new safe storage of firearms law, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, lying to a police officer and five counts of felony firearm violations. 

According to the prosecutor's office, Tolbert's daughter shot herself in the face with his loaded handgun. The bullet entered the girl's right eye and exited through her skull. She remains in critical condition. It was the first criminal complaint filed under Michigan's new "safe storage" laws that went into effect on Feb. 13. Under the new law, Michigan residents are required to keep firearms that are being stored or left unattended on premises unloaded and locked with a locking device, a locked box or a container if it is "reasonably known" that a minor will be or could likely be present. The state's criminal code was updated for gun safety storage for child access protection


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