Father accidentally shoots, kills 2-year-old son in domestic dispute

A father accidentally shot his two-year-old son in the head during a domestic row the the boy’s mother early yesterday morning, according to police.

Officers say Derrice Alexander, 23, killed his son after firing a gun at the outside of of his house in Cleveland, hitting the boy in the head as he stood on the upstairs landing by a window.

Derrice Alexander Jr, known by has family as ‘Baby Reece’, was rushed to Lutheran Hospital at around 5.30am but could not be saved.

Fox 8 Cleveland reports that the boy’s mother, who has not been identified, sat in the street cradling the child until medics arrived.

Police say Alexander had been involved in a verbal and physical fight with the boy’s mother before storming out of the house at 2522(B) Division Street into a shared garden.

As he left he turned back and fired one shot into the property, hitting his son who had woken up and was standing on the upstairs landing.

According to witnesses, Alexander threw the gun in a trash can, then drove through a metal fence before arriving at the boy’s grandmother’s house.

She told reporters that Alexander was trying to kill himself when he arrived, said he did not mean to hurt the boy, and was ‘devastated’ over the death.

She added that Alexander was eventually turned over to the authorities by relatives.

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