The incident occurred while the 28-year-old woman, her boyfriend, and her 3-year-old daughter were at the liquor store.
According to police, the boyfriend got into an argument with another man inside the store. When the other man ran out of the store, the boyfriend followed. The store’s surveillance camera reportedly captured images of the boyfriend holding the door open with one hand; his other hand can be seen reaching into his waist band.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office alleges that the boyfriend then accidentally shot himself in the leg.
The video footage reportedly shows the boyfriend pacing back and forth inside the store. At one point, he can be seen handing the gun to the suspect.
The suspect allegedly left the business to help her boyfriend dispose of the gun in a nearby alley. As a result, the suspect’s daughter was reportedly left behind at the liquor store.
The suspect was later arrested and charged with child neglect. She has also been charged with tampering with evidence because of her alleged involvement in the disposal of the gun.
The suspect’s bond has been set at $2,000. She will remain in police custody until she is able to post bond.
Additionally, the boyfriend could face weapons charges.
Meanwhile, the 3-year-old girl has been removed from the suspect’s home. The Florida Department of Children and Families is currently investigating the case and determining the next step with regard to custody of the young girl.
For additional information about this case, access the Local10.com article entitled “Stefanie Stern Faces Child Neglect Charge After Boyfriend Shoots Self in Foot.”