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Wesley Chapel Man Accused of Child Neglect

Luis Gustavo Bermudez | Pasco Sheriff | Arrests

Deputies found evidence of child neglect while they were investigating a home invasion shooting that left one woman critically wounded, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

WESLEY CHAPEL – The boyfriend of a woman shot during a home invasion has been accused of child neglect after loaded guns and marijuana were found within easy reach of two children, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman, Cailtin Bariso, 31, who was injured in the Oct. 31 shooting on Redwood Drive in Wesley Chapel was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. Deputies said that preliminary information indicates that the shooting was committed during a home invasion. The shooting does not appear to be random. The shooting is still under investigation.

Her boyfriend, Luis Gustavo Bermudez, 26, has been charged with one count of child neglect.

Deputies said that, in the course of investigating the shooting, they received written consent to search the home.

Deputies said they found large quantities of marijuana and marijuana derivatives during the search. Some of those items were in plain view and easy reach of two children, ages 5 and 2.  The marijuana was found on the kitchen counter, in an office, and inside the master bathroom within reach of the children.

Two guns were also found in easy reach of the children, deputies said. One was under a sofa. The other was in a lower drawer in the kitchen cabinets. Both guns were loaded and neither had a safety lock installed.

Bermudez told deputies that he and Bariso had smoke marijuana in the children’s presence just before the home invasion. The children were nearby and would have had no choice but to inhale second-hand smoke, deputies said. Bermudez also admitted placing the gun under the sofa where the children could reach it.

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