A Detroit man has been charged with second-degree murder after his nine-year-old son found a shotgun at home and accidentally shot himself.
Christopher Duran Head, 45, is also charged with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and weapons offenses in the death of Daylen Makhai Head.
Police said the boy was handling a shotgun on Monday afternoon when he fatally shot himself at the home on the city’s west side.
Christopher Duran Head, 45, pictured right, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and weapons offenses in the death of his son Daylen Makhai Head, pictured left
He was found at around 12.30pm. His father was at home, in the 6600 block of Barton Street, along with another child at the time.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Daylen was shot in the head with the gun, which was loaded and was not secured.
The boy attended the Academy for Business and Technology Elementary school in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.
It is not clear why he was not at school that day.
A GoFundMe page was set up by the school to raise funds for the boy’s funeral expenses.
A post on the page said: ‘Daylen Head, 3rd grade student, was a promising young man whose life has been abruptly cut short.’
It added: ‘Daylen was an energetic and loving son, brother and friend. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.’
On Monday, Detroit Police chief James Craig said the tragedy should act as a remind to gun owners to lock up their weapons.
According to CBS Detroit, he said: ‘Clearly a nine-year-old or any young person should not have access to firearms in a home.
‘It shouldn’t happen. There is never an excuse for that – never.’
He added: ‘This is a strong reminder. It seems like these accidents happen more times during the holiday season, so we’re gonna remind and we’re gonna continue to push out the message of firearm safety.’
Head was due in court on Thursday, but court records did not list a lawyer for him.