Man Registered As Sex Offender Charged, Arrested After Florida Boy Accidentally Shoots And Kills Sister

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 08, 04:00 am
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An eight-year-old Florida boy got hold of a gun while his mother was out to buy something but what was so tragic was when he accidentally shot and killed his younger sister, five years old. The man believed to own the gun was arrested and charged and was identified as a registered sex offender.

Aside from the five-year-old girl being shot dead, a four-year-old brother was also wounded. The youngest victim is expected to survive. The five-year-old girl was identified as Serenity Allen. The shooting took place on Saturday. It was not stated how long the children were left unattended, Daily Mail reported.

The eight-year-old and the wounded four-year-old went to a neighbor to ask for help after the shooting. Allen died at the scene while the four-year-old boy was taken to UF Health Jacksonville. There was no available information regarding the condition of the youngest sibling also shot by the eight-year-old, who is said to be working with a therapist.

The man believed to own the gun was identified as 34-year-old Maurice Mobley, the boyfriend of the kids' mother. He turned himself in days after the incident and was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the shooting death of the child.

Mobley reportedly brought the gun into the home of his girlfriend and police are still trying to determine what efforts were made to secure the weapon, People reported. He has a lengthy criminal record and was ordered to be held on a $200,000 bond.

In 2001, Mobley was arrested for a lewd and lascivious act with a child younger than 16. In 2002, he was arrested for resisting an officer and a year later, he was charged with battery. In 2004, he was also arrested for domestic felony battery and false imprisonment.

From 2008 to 2010, Mobley failed to comply with the sex offender registration order and resisted an officer. In 2015, he was charged with possession of marijuana and trespassing.

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