UPDATE: 4-year-old took dad’s gun off a speaker and shot his brother, father charged

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THURSDAY 8/5/2021 5:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man whose two young children were left unsupervised near a gun is facing a felony count in the inadvertent shooting death of his son.

Giovanni R. Smith is charged with neglecting a child resulting in the incident that killed the 2-year-old boy. The complaint says Smith’s 4-year-old child told authorities the two siblings were in the bedroom watching cartoons when he took the defendant’s gun off a speaker and shot his brother.

Court documents show that the 26-year-old Smith then took the gun and placed it on top of a kitchen cabinet.

ORIGINAL: Children get hold of a gun, accidentally kill 2-year-old in Milwaukee

MONDAY 8/2/2021 6:39 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating the fatal shooting of a two-year-old child.

Authorities say the boy was shot Sunday afternoon after other children got a hold of a gun and unintentionally fired it. A 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting.

A neighbor who lives across the street, Hector Pintor, says the man who was arrested helped him shovel snow when he moved to the neighborhood. Pintor urged people not to make assumptions about the family and what happened.

Back in May 2021, a Menasha man was charged after a 3-year-old boy unintentionally shot and killed himself after he left a 9mm pistol on the kitchen table. That incident also happened in Milwaukee as Devon Armour was visiting a relative.

Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.

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