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Jeff Zito

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A Florida man may have thought it was funny to light off a string of firecrackers next to a sleeping child, but no one is laughing.

Matthew Morrison now faces several charges including child cruelty for Saturday’s incident, which he claims was just a “prank gone wrong.”

According to police, the 44-year-old, who lived in a tent outside the family’s home, came inside and tossed the incendiary device under the 9-year-old girl’s bed, leaving her unhurt but “terrified.”

Morrison was then chased by the father with a stick. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office found two grams of methamphetamine while taking him into custody.