- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A 36-year-old Bismarck man is accused of accidentally shooting a 6-month-old girl in his care.

Authorities say Christopher Simmons told police his rifle misfired as he was repairing it Sunday afternoon. The bullet struck the infant, who was 4 feet away. The baby was hospitalized in critical condition.

Simmons appeared in court Monday on a felony charge of reckless endangerment that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. He did not immediately enter a plea.

Court documents don’t list an attorney for Simmons, and a home telephone listing couldn’t be found.

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