JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The parents of a 7-month-old baby shot in a motel room were in court where bond was set this morning.
The infant was sleeping on the floor of a Super 8 motel when Justin Satterfield and Brandy Purvis began fighting early Wednesday morning, a JSO incident report said.
After a struggle for possession of a rifle one of them had retrieved from under the mattress, the gun went off and hit the child in the chest and arm.
The couple is not allowed to contact each other, nor are they allowed contact with the child. They are due back in court Dec. 23.
Satterfield faces child abuse and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon charges, because officers said he admitted to firing the rifle this past July to celebrate Independence Day. He was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2007.
He is being held on $250,000 bond for each charge.
Purvis is also charged with child abuse and bond was set today for her at $150,000.
Officers reported removing drug paraphernalia from the hotel room as well.
Because of privacy laws meant to protect the baby who was shot, police are not releasing any information about relationships between the baby and the suspects.
However, the Division of Children and Families is investigating the matter, and spokesperson John Harrell confirmed that the two arrested were the child's parents.
After the incident, rescue crews took the child to Shands for treatment. Harrell said that once the child is released from the hospital, he will be taken into DCF custody.
Because of DCF policy, if the couple has other children, they too would be removed because of this incident, Harrell said.
First Coast News