Felon arrested on gun charge after Nashville 7-year-old accidentally killed by toddler

Anthony Sanders. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A 27-year-old Nashville man has been charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in the wake of a 7-year-old girl's shooting death.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith states Anthony Patrick Sanders was in possession of a gun when he slept at a residence located at the J.C. Napier housing area. Sanders had slept on the couch and woke up the next day, walking outside. Shortly after, a gunshot was heard. Sanders entered the residence and saw 7-year-old Harmony Warfield on the kitchen floor. Smith says Sanders grabbed the gun and fled the area, saying he could not go back to jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Sanders had left the gun inside and a 2-year-old boy picked it up and fired it, striking his cousin in the head. At the time, three other children were in the home. The children, ages 14, 11 and 2, were also in the kitchen when Harmony was shot.

Smith says Sanders had previously been convicted of kidnapping in 2008 and was released in June 2016. He was not supposed to have a firearm, being a convicted felon. On Wednesday, federal agents arrested Sanders. If convicted, Sanders is facing 10 years in prison.

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