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.

Brandon Holt (Legacy.com)

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.

Toms River home where 6-year-old Brandon Holt was shot by a 4-year-old neighbor (Facebook)

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.