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A Chicago man is being charged with felony child endangerment after his six-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his younger brother with a gun.

CNN.com reports:

The boys were playing “cops and robbers” when the gun went off, according to authorities. It happened while their dad, Michael Santiago, 25, was at work, their mom was at the store and the boys’ grandfather was watching them.

Chicago police said the 6-year-old found a loaded gun his dad had stashed in the kitchen, wrapped in pajama pants.

“Michael Santiago was arrested after and charged after he knowingly stored a loaded firearm on top of a refrigerator with access to his minor children in their home,” police said.

Grandfather Israel LaSalle, who lives in the unit above the family, sent the boys downstairs to get something to clean up after the dog with and heard a gun go off a short time later, according to CNN affiliate WLS.

“I heard a pop, you know, like somebody had shot, so I opened the door and I look out and he was running up the stairs and he told me somebody shot his brother,” LaSalle told the affiliate.

The 3-year-old victim was taken by a family member to Norwegian American Hospital and later transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he died.

“You know how kids are, they get into everything,” he said. “There is not a safe place where you can put a gun where a kid can’t reach it or find it.”

Santiago is being held on $75,000 bond.

Investigators say he is a former gang member who illegally purchased the gun for protection after testifying against another gang member in a murder trial.

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5 thoughts on “Six-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Kills Younger Brother, Dad Charged With Felony

  1. Ms Curly on said:

    Well he will now be in a cell next to the murderer he helped send to jail. Although he brought this weapon illegally it should have been locked away from the kids. I will say it again everyone should not be allowed to have children.

    • specialt757 on said:

      I agree Ms. Curly, just because you can have children doesn’t mean you should, same for guns. This person clearly wasn’t allowed to own a gun and yet here his son lies dead because of his illegal actions. Irresponsible gun owners, everyday we hear about kids dying because of them.

  2. So sad!!!

    If this father had hidden the gun where this child could not find it, then this tragedy would not have occurred. In addition, place the gun in one place and the ammo elsewhere!!!!!

    Parents would be surprised what little kids are aware of when it comes to having weapons in the home.
    Apparently, this little kid saw/knew where the gun was and went and got it to play with.

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