Father arrested for firearm negligence in connection to daughter’s death

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ROSWELL, N.M. — Roswell police charged a man with firearm negligence in connection to the accidental shooting death of his daughter in August.

32-year-old Phillip Ray Jaramillo is accused of negligently making a firearm accessible to a minor resulting in death. He is also charged with tampering with evidence.

Officers arrested Jaramillo at a family member’s home Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Jaramillo’s 10-year-old daughter was shot while she was asleep on a bed in her parents’ room. Investigators believe Jaramillo’s eight-year-old son and his son’s 12-year-old friend found at least two guns in the bedroom and started playing with them.

“Investigators believe the fatal shot came from one of those guns as it was being handled by one of the boys,” said Todd Wildermuth, spokesman for Roswell police. “The investigation remains ongoing regarding the actions of the boys and who fired the shot.”

Paramedics took the daughter to the hospital, where she died the next day.

After learning about the shooting, authorities allege Jaramillo moved several guns from the bedroom and hid them in an RV in the backyard. Investigators say they found those guns in the RV and also believe another gun that was in the bedroom was placed into a drawer in that room following the shooting.

Roswell police also said the 10-year-old girl’s two teen sisters were in the home at the time of the shooting. Jaramillo was reportedly in the backyard with two friends and the victim’s mother was at work.