A man faces charges after Cranston police said Wednesday he hit a 9-year-old girl in the back with an arrow while trying to hit pigeons.

Daniel King, 27, was charged with criminal negligence, a felony. He was arraigned at Kent County District Court and is being held as a probation violator at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

Lt. Matthew Moynihan of the Cranston Police Department said the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Moynihan said the girl was walking her dog near Bain Street when she was struck in the back with an arrow. Police said the arrow ricocheted off the ground and hit her.pigeon

Moynihan said the victim removed the arrow herself, but was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Moynihan said it was a regular bow-and-arrow hunters use, and that King was using it carelessly.

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