$100K Bond for Felon Charged in Accidental Shooting of Girl, 5,

Girl was shot while jumping on bed when gun stored between mattresses went off, officials said

By Andy Roesgen
|  Monday, Mar 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:47 PM CDT
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$100K Bond for Felon Charged in Girl's Shooting

Jarquise Upton

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A Southwest Side man was ordered held on $100,000 bond Monday for allegedly storing a gun between two mattresses that accidentally went off and wounded a 5-year-old girl jumping on the bed.

Jarquise Upton, 21, of the 6400 block of South Artesian Avenue, was charged Sunday with one count of felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and misdemeanor possession of ammunition and theft of lost or mislaid property, police said.

Upton is accused of storing a gun between two mattresses that went off about 12:20 p.m. Sunday as a 5-year-old girl was jumping on a bed at his home, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. The girl was shot in the ankle and treated at University of Chicago Comer’s Children’s Hospital.

On Monday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese ordered Upton held on $100,000 bond, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin said. He will next appear in court April 2.

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