A father was charged after authorities alleged he failed to take his child to the doctor after the four-year-old boy was shot in the back with a pellet gun and injured in Wonder Lake.
Tyler J. Fish, 26, of Sharon, Wisconsin, was charged with reckless conduct causing great bodily harm, a Class 4 felony, and child endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Fish, who lived in Wonder Lake at the time, was reckless by not securing his pellet gun on September 16, 2022.
Fish’s son, who was four years old at the time, was shot by his 6-year-old brother who got ahold of the pellet gun, the complaint said.
The projectile penetrated the four-year-old’s back, causing great bodily harm.
An investigation by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) resulted in a medical examination.
The exam, which took place on October 2, showed the projectile was still inside the young child’s back, the complaint said.
The complaint said Fish admitted that one of the sons brought him the pellet gun after the incident occurred.
The injured child told Fish he had been shot by his brother, the complaint said.
The complaint said Fish endangered the child’s health by never taking the boy to the doctor.
The case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, which obtained the charges on October 20.
Court records show a warrant was not issued for Fish and he was instead notified by the court to appear at an initial court hearing, which was November 1.
Fish appeared in court again on Wednesday and a judge set pre-trial release conditions.