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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Jason and Rebecca Matteau are both charged with risk of injury to a minor

Jason Matteau, 27, and Rebecca Matteau, 24, of Jewett City, turned themselves in at the state police barracks in Montville after being told authorities had arrest warrants for them. They were freed on $50,000 bonds and ordered to appear in Norwich Superior Court on Oct. 1.Wyatt Matteau died Aug. 28 about two hours after being shot in the head when the gun accidentally fired, state police said. The Matteaus were at their Green Avenue apartment with their son and infant daughter at the time, but Wyatt was alone in a room when the gun went off, troopers said.Connecticut law makes it a crime to store loaded firearms in an area where the owner reasonably should know that someone under 16 could find them.
Jason and Rebecca Matteau are both charged with risk of injury to a minor. Jason Matteau is also charged with criminally negligent storage of a firearm.The Matteaus could not be reached Wednesday. There was no listing for their home phone number, and it was not immediately clear whether they had hired lawyers.A few days after the boy died, the Matteaus wrote a letter to the public calling the incident "a parent's worst nightmare" and thanking the community for its support."There is no way to even begin to express our feelings," Jason Matteau wrote in the letter.



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