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Texas Boy, 4, Kills Himself With Father’s Stolen Gun

HOUSTON (February 25, 2013)--A suspected drug dealer was in custody Monday in Houston in the death of his 4-year-old son who authorities say picked up his father's gun and shot himself.

Police determined the gun was stolen in a burglary two years ago.

Marquiez Deshon Pratt, 20, was held Monday in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of injury to a child by omission and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

A court appearance was set for Tuesday.

Investigators say Pratt was asleep Sunday when his son, Jaiden, picked up the .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that was nearby and shot himself in the stomach.

Pratt was outside his apartment when police arrived, handed the boy to officers and ran back inside.

Police chased him and found marijuana, crack cocaine, scales and other items.


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