Father Accidentally Shoots 2-Year-Old

By Alison Burdo
|  Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014  |  Updated 1:27 PM EDT
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Father Accidentally Shoots 2-Year-Old

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A 2-year-old boy is recovering from a gunshot wound after his father accidentally shot him on New Year's eve.

While driving in Camden around 11 p.m. Tuesday, 38-year-old Sergio Rivera attempted to conceal a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun in the car's center console when the weapon discharged, according to police.

Authorities say his son suffered gunshot wounds to his left arm and left leg. The child is expected to survive.

Police say they became aware of the shooting when they were called to Cooper University Hospital, where the boy was being treated.

The incident occurred at the corner of 21st and Pierce streets while the boy's mother and grandmother were also in the car, according to officials.

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Authorities say Rivera was uncooperative with investigators and now faces multiple charges including endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a weapon, and aggravated assault.

He is being held on $185,000 bail, according to officials.

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