On Wednesday, Cardona and the child's mother, Tracy DeCarr, appeared for a Department of Children and Families hearing at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand where Cardona admitted to the judge during the hearing that he had lied to deputies about his identity, Davidson said.
Cardona was arrested Wednesday in the courthouse on a Flagler County warrant charging him with violation of probation and driving with license suspended, which were unrelated to the shooting incident.
The toddler somehow got a hold of a .40-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun, squeezing the trigger, which caused a grazing wound to his chest. Family members drove the injured child to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and hospital personnel immediately called the authorities at 9:22 a.m.
Investigators recovered the weapon and a bullet in the boy's bedroom. The toddler was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando for follow-up medical care, even though the injury was not life threatening because of his young age.