NEW JERSEY: It was inevitable. The parents of Brandon Holt, the 6-year old killed by his 4-year old playmate have filed suit. The lawsuit accuses Anthony and Melissa Senatore of recklessness that led to the child’s death.
Given the circumstances, a civil suit was predictable after authorities found four shotguns in the Senatore home close to ammunition and accessible to children. It practically screams recklessness and negligence.
Brandon was killed while playing “pretend shooting” with the Senatores’ 4-year-old son in the neighborhood where both families lived. Authorities have said the younger boy got a loaded .22-caliber rifle from his home and fired a shot that struck Brandon in the head.
Anthony Senatore was charged with child endangerment and failing to secure weapons. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the charges.
“Given Brandon’s horrific death, his suffering before he passed, and his extreme young age, not to mention the claims of both parents for their own emotional suffering, the case has a value well into seven figures,” Kevin Parsons, the Holt family’s attorney, told the newspaper. “Clearly, the Holts would rather turn back time and have their son back, but sadly that’s not possible.”
Senatore’s lawyer said last month in a statement that the Senatores “are deeply sorrowed” over Brandon’s death.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
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