Jaiden Pratt: 4-Year-Old Accidentally Kills Himself with His Drug-Dealing Father's Stolen Pistol, Cops Say
A four-year-old boy found his father's stolen pistol in his living room and accidentally shot himself to death with it Sunday morning, police say.
Jaiden Pratt had been visiting his father for the weekend; the father had been asleep on the couch in the apartment when the boy found the gun about 8:10 a.m. Sunday in the 13500 block of Northville.
He accidentally shot himself in the stomach, police say.
The father, 20-year-old Marquiez Deshon Pratt, has been charged with injury to a child by omission and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
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Police say when they arrived in answer to a 911 call, Pratt "handed his son to responding officers and then ran back to his apartment."
Police officers chased him inside and found weed, crack and "scales and other items used to sell drugs," HPD says.
Police officers not involved in that foot chase performed CPR on the boy, to no avail. Police say the gun used was a stolen .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, taken in a 2011 burglary.
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