Yesterday, a three-year-old boy was shot in the head in a Brooklyn apartment. Now, a 22-year-old family acquaintance has been arrested for assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon—but neighbors are slamming the boy's mother for putting him in danger repeatedly.

According to reports, the little boy, identified as Tharell Edward, was left in the care of his mother Nichelle Edward's roommate in a Ditmas Park apartment. The roommate had invited neighbor Akeem Bernard over, and at some point, Bernard allegedly shot the boy. The Post reports, "The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, and a source said cops had no reason to believe it was not an accident."

However, Bernard denied the charges, telling reporters as he was being led into a police van, "I did not shoot anybody." However, the victim's sister told the Daily News, "My mother had just left and the girl got up to use the bathroom. She heard a gunshot and the guy was trying to act like he didn’t know what happened."

Tharell, who remains in critical condition, had been recovering from being mauled by a pit bull earlier this year. A neighbor, Tony Reid, criticized Nichelle Edward, telling the News, "She’s very irresponsible, very neglectful. She had a dog that bit the baby and when the baby came back from the hospital the child fell down the staircase that week. Twice that week." The pit bull reportedly belonged to Nichelle Edward's boyfriend, and neighbors also said she often stayed at a boyfriend's home.

Another neighbor, Jay Nichols, agreed, "The dog bit him in the side. He had to wear a colostomy bag ... He’s 3-years-old. He shouldn’t have to live in these kind of conditions."

Neighbor Jacintha Fleming even said to the Post, "I hope they take that child away. He’s not safe. She [Nichelle] needs to be a better mother. He’s supposed to be safe in his own home. He’s overcome a lot, but I think it’s time for her to get into trouble. I’m not sorry for her. I’m sorry for the baby."