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Just Sad: 6-Year-Old Accidentally Shot and Killed His 3-Year-Old Brother After Playing "Cops and Robbers"

The father, Michael Santiago, faces felony child endangerment charges

A 6-year-old boy fatally shot and killed his 3-year-old little brother in Chicago on Saturday (Oct. 17) night. 

Their father, who acquired the gun for protection after testifying in a murder trial, showed the older boy where the gun was kept, above the refrigerator, wrapped in pajama pants, in their home, reports Gawker

According to the Chicago Tribune, the boys had been playing “cops and robbers” when the 6-year-old grabbed the gun and fired it at his brother.

“It’s real simple,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told the Associated Press. “If that gun is not in the house that kid is alive today. We see this happen over and over and over again.”

The boys’ step-grandfather, Hector Salgado, spoke to the Tribune outside the courtroom on Sunday. 

“He’s OK,” Salgado said of the older brother. “He doesn’t even remember. He doesn’t know nothing about it. He thinks his brother is in the hospital sick.”

Now, the boys' father, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, faces felony child endangerment charges. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond, and authorities say the charges against him could grow.

Police say that during an interview, Santiago confessed to purchasing the weapon illegally from a gang member. He told authorities he kept it for protection.

[Source: Gawker, CNN / Photo: Twitter]

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