Man from Mobile charged with assault after police say stray arrow injures child at graduation party in Silverhill

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UPDATE 5/23/21 10:00 AM: Silverhill Police Chief Kenny Hempfleng says a 35-year-old man from Mobile has been booked into jail and charged with 2nd-degree assault following the Saturday evening incident. The chief says Ryan Archer was booked into the Robertsdale jail Saturday evening.

Hempfleng says the child is still in the hospital. He says the arrow hit a hard surface, went over a fence, and hit the three-year-old victim as she was on top of a large inflatable water slide at the graduation party. The arrow went through the victim’s arm and chest.

ORIGINAL STORY: SILVERHILL, Ala. (WKRG) — A 3-year-old girl was struck by a stray arrow at a graduation party in Silverhill Saturday afternoon, police chief Kenneth Hempfleng said.

The girl was playing with other children on an inflatable waterslide in the backyard of a home on Woodpecker Drive at the time of the incident. Hempfleng said a neighbor shot an arrow from a bow at a target, and the arrow ricocheted off a dirt mound and into the yard where the party was being held.

The arrow struck the girl in the left arm and went into her chest. The girl was flown to University Hospital in Mobile. Her condition is not known at this time.

Hempfleng said the neighbor who shot the arrow was arrested and charged with second-degree assault.

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