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Belleville man shot 3-year-old in the head with a BB gun, police say

Chauntez J. Cage
Chauntez J. Cage

A 20-year-old Belleville man shot a 3-year-old girl in the head with a BB gun in June, according to charges filed in St. Clair County on Thursday.

Chauntez J. Cage, of the 500 block of S. Jackson Street, pointed the gun at the girl’s forehead and pulled the trigger, causing permanent disfigurement, the charges allege.

A judge set Cage’s bail at $10,000. He remained in custody in the St. Clair County Jail as of Sunday afternoon.

Cage was charged with reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by one to three years in prison.