Indiana man charged after 4-year-old daughter shoots him from back seat of moving car
Handgun lying on side (Shutterstock)

An Indiana man was arrested Sunday, about two weeks after his 4-year-old daughter shot him in the arm from the back seat of his car.


David Paulson was charged with two felony counts of child neglect and freed on $750 bond.

The 35-year-old Paulson told investigators he accidentally fired the gun Jan. 31 while reaching into the back seat for his overalls.

But investigators found no bullet hole in the overalls, and they said entry and exit wounds showed his account was impossible.

Paulson then admitted that it was possible his daughter shot him, prosecutors said.

Authorities said the girl, who was not riding in a child restraint seat, pulled a loaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun from the pocket of her father’s overalls and accidentally shot him in the upper right arm.

Prosecutors decided to charge Paulson to “maximize public safety,” noting similar recent incidents across the country.