Man charged for shooting 3-year-old daughter with cross bow after fight with wife

A New York man has been charged with second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and first-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection after allegedly killing his 3-week-old daughter during an argument with his wife.

According to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office, Patrick Proefriedt, 26, fired a broadhead crossbow bolt at his wife during the argument, but instead hit the infant, Eleanor Carey, in the upper torso before hitting the woman in her chest. Proefriedt attempted to remove the bolt and prevent his wife from calling 911 before fleeing the scene in a red 2016 Dodge Ram pickup truck.

Proefriedt was located by officials less than a mile away from the house in a wooded area after his pickup truck became stuck in the mud. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Proefriedt had a history of domestic incidents with the victim and an active Stay Away Order of Protection in place.

Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar called the incident “one of the most heartbreaking and senseless crimes committed in this community in recent memory.” Proefriedt is currently in custody and awaiting trial.

This tragic incident highlights the devastating consequences of domestic violence and the importance of seeking help and support in such situations. It is crucial for individuals to recognize the warning signs of domestic abuse and to seek help from local resources and authorities.