NORWALK — A Norwalk man was arrested and charged with child abuse after a 4-year-old boy was able to access his shotgun and shot the child’s mother.
Brandon Gilbert Ambriz, 24, faces four counts of child abuse and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Ambriz was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions for two burglaries and carrying a concealed dagger.
Deputies responded around 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 to the 14600 block of Dinard Street to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.
Upon arrival, they found the woman, a resident of Norwalk, with a gunshot wound to her mid-torso, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
She was taken in critical condition to a hospital, where her condition was later upgraded to fair, the deputy said. She was in stable condition and expected to survive, according to the sheriff’s department.
“Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed that the female’s three children were in the backseat of the vehicle when one of the children accessed an unsecured shotgun and shot her through the back of the seat,” Navarro-Suarez said.