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Homeless Florida man threw lit firecrackers under sleeping child’s bed as a ‘prank’

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A Florida man was charged with child cruelty after lighting firecrackers and throwing them under the bed of a sleeping 9-year-old girl, deputies said Sunday.

The child was so scared she was crying and shaking, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Matthew Morrison, 44, who lived in a tent in the Crestview yard and went inside the home without permission, dismissed it as a prank, deputies said.

The homeowner told authorities he chased Morrison out of the home with a stick.

Morrison was also charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

Deputies said they found about two grams of methamphetamine in his pants pocket.

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