Father Charged in Connection with Son's Accidental Death

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Feb 3, 2011  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Father Charged in Connection with Son's Accidental Death

Contra Costa County

Eddie Carr will face charges in connection with the death of his son who died when the family's handgun went off accidentally.

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A Bay Area father learned Thursday that he will face criminal charges connected to the shooting death of his two year old son, even though he wasn't home when his son died.

Little Jyonn Carr died Dec. 2 after being shot in the head by his parent's gun. He and his four year old brother were in their parent's bedroom when they grandmother heard a gun shot.  The grandmother found the two year old dead with a gunshot wound to the head. 

Contra Costa County prosecutors announced Thursday they will charge Eddie Carr, 28, with two counts of child endangerment, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of criminal storage of a firearm and one count of possesion of cocaine, according to the Chronicle.

Investigators said the gun was actually the boy's mother's, she will not face charges. Prosecutors said Carr removed it from a locked safe, loaded it, and put it in the bedroom drawer the morning of the shooting.

 "This is clearly a...horrible tragedy that was based on, in its core, negligence," Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney John Cope told Bay City News.

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