Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Toms River Boy
The father of a four year old Toms River Boy who fatally shot his 6-year-old playmate is arrested for having multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children.
33-year-old Anthony Senators was taken into custody Monday evening from a Bayville residence at around 6:30 p.m. He later posted $100,000 bail and was released from the Ocean County Jail.
Senatore is being charged with five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of children and one count of third degree endangering the welfare of a child.
In addition, Senatore has also been charged with a disorderly person’s offense for enabling access by minors to a loaded firearm.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, The charges allege that in addition to the loaded .22 caliber rifle used to fire the fatal shot, a Stevens 12-gauge shotgun, two Harrington & Richardson shotguns and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun were all found unsecured, in close proximity to ammunition and accessible to Senatore's own children, ages 12, 8 and 4.
On Monday, April 8, Senatore's 4-year-old son gained access to an unsecured .22 caliber rifle in Senatore's bedroom, took the gun outside of and fired a single shot, which struck 6-year-old neighbor, Brandon Holt, in the head. Holt was transported to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead the next day.
Following Holt's death, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General - Division of Criminal Justice directed the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office to supersede the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and take over the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.