CLEVELAND — A Cleveland father has been indicted on multiple charges following the death of his son who was shot while the boy and his brother were handling a gun that was left in a vehicle.
The indictment was filed on Monday.
According to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas records, Donell King, 37, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony; endangering children, a third-degree felony; endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Both the involuntary manslaughter and felony endangering children charge carry 1-year gun specifications.
The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 3100 block of East 94th Street in Cleveland. A police report states that the boy and his brother were sitting in King’s 2008 Dodge Ram when they found a gun that was in the truck.
The report states that, “the two brothers fumbled with the firearm and the firearm went off.” As a result, King’s 12-year-old son was shot in the chest.
The victim’s brother ran to the 4th District Police Precinct for help. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the 12-year-old laying in the grass bleeding from a gunshot wound. Police administered first aid until EMS arrived.
The 12-year-old was transported to Rainbow and Babies and Children’s Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
King has an arraignment scheduled for Sept. 8 in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas.
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