Youngstown man arraigned in shooting of 3-year-old

Dionte Robinson is charged with felony child endangerment after police say his handgun accidentally discharged inside a house on E. Boston Avenue

Dionte Robinson is charged with child endangering after police say he shot a 3-year-old.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man accused of shooting a three-year-old girl in Youngstown is cooperating with police.

Dionte Robinson, 24, of Youngstown, is charged with felony child endangerment in connection with the shooting of a 3-year-old girl on Saturday. He appeared in Youngstown Municipal Court at 1 p.m. Monday after being arrested Saturday.

Police said Robinson was visiting a home on East Boston Avenue, when he removed a handgun from his waistband while holding the girl.

Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees said the gun accidentally discharged, and a single bullet went through both of the child’s legs. When officers arrived, they observed the girl laying on a couch with a gunshot wound to the upper thigh.

The girl had to be transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and she was airlifted to Akron Children’s Hospital later that night.

Robinson has a legitimate concealed carry permit.

His grandmother said this was an accident, and her grandson would never intentionally hurt anyone.

“He loved kids. He loved kids,” said Linda Barnett. “I have a three-year-old great-grandchild, his niece, so he wouldn’t hurt anybody.”

A judge set Robinson’s bond at $25,000. He is due back in court at 10:30 a.m. April 18.

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