A 26-year-old Auburndale man was arrested Thursday on outstanding felony warrants related to the death of a 4-year-old boy in January, police officials said.
Demeko DeSean Robinson was located by Auburndale police while sitting in his vehicle in front of 376 Century Blvd. in Auburndale about 2:40 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.
Auburndale police said at the time the 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself. He was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, where he died of his injury.
Robinson, Avion's mother's boyfriend, was the person who called 911 to report the incident. Initially, Robinson told detectives the child hit his head on the table. However, police soon learned Avion had been shot.
Robinson later told police he had stepped outside to talk to friends, and the child must have found his gun.
Avion's mother was not at home at the time.
The Polk State Attorney's Office issued warrants Wednesday charging Robinson with aggravated manslaughter of a child, possession of a short-barreled rifle, possession of an altered firearm, tampering with evidence, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer during an investigation.
During the shooting investigation, officers recovered a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol and a .22 caliber rifle that had been shortened to an unlawful length with serial numbers removed.
The pistol had been hidden outside the apartment before the police officers arrived.