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Father of 4 year old boy who shot and killed himself charged

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The father of a 4 year old boy who accidentally shot and killed himself over the weekend has been charged.

The Houston Police Department formally charged 20 year old Marquiez Pratt with injury to a child by omission and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver.

4 year old Jaiden Pratt was spending the weekend with his father when the shooting occurred. Investigators say the father told them he was asleep on the couch when he heard a gunshot.

Jaiden had picked up his father's gun and accidentally shot himself in the stomach.  Pratt was carrying his son with police arrived.  Pratt handed the boy to officers, who immediately started CPR and then ran back to his apartment.

Officers arrested Pratt in his apartment where they discovered marijuana and crack cocaine.  The weapon the boy used was a stolen .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol taken during a burglary in 2011.


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