FARMINGTON – Prosecutors in San Juan County have decided not to file criminal charges against the father of an 8-year-old girl who was shot in the neck by her younger sister after the father handed the younger girl a .22-caliber rifle.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O’Brien said his decision came after reviewing details of the shooting and the law.
O’Brien told the Farmington Daily Times Friday that the father violated basic firearms safety rules when he gave the loaded rifle to the younger sister to move.
“There is no question that that is negligent,” O’Brien said. “The problem is that the standard for criminal negligence is higher.”