Man arrested for intentionally shooting 4-year-old with airsoft gun as punishment, deputies say

HUDSON, Fla. -- A Pasco County man was arrested after deputies say he intentionally shot a 4-year-old child with an airsoft gun as punishment.

Pasco County deputies say that a witness says Mark Cox, 36, purposefully shot the child because he would not sit down after his mother told to do so.

The pellets injured the child causing marks on the child's neck. The injuries were non-serious, according to PCSO.

In a non-custodial interview, deputies say that Cox admitted to pulling the trigger but said that the gun wasn't supposed to discharge because he thought it was broken.

Cox was arrested on Sunday for child abuse and was transported to the Land O'Lakes detention facility.

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