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Dad charged after son shoots mom in the head

5:32 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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A Lenoir City father is facing charges after his son shot his wife in the head. 

Daniel Duggan, 37, is charged with child abuse by neglect, for leaving a gun where the boy could get access to it.  Duggan told 10News Wednesday that the loaded gun was between the mattress and slats of a bunk bed.

He was arrested by Loudon County Sheriff's deputies at the Department of Children's Services office around 8:30 Wednesday night.  Duggan is being held in the Loudon County jail on a $2500 bond.

Duggan's wife, Stacy, remains in serious condition at UT Medical Center.  On Wednesday, she and her 11-year-old son were watching television when investigators say he got the gun and shot her in the head. Investigators believe that it was likely an accident.  The deputy's report indicates the 11-year-old says he thought the gun was a toy.

Daniel Duggan told 10News Wednesday that their son was in a car accident last year which left him with a traumatic brain injury.

DCS will also continue its investigation, all four children in the home have been taken into DCS custody.


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