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Father of boy, 11, accused of fatally shooting 3-year-old boy in Detroit faces charges

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DETROIT — The father of an 11-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy in Detroit has been charged with manslaughter in the death.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office said Monday the father stored the weapon in a "grossly negligent manner." He's also charged with second-degree child abuse, using a firearm during a felony and altering identification marks on a weapon.

The boy is charged in Juvenile Court with manslaughter.

The Associated Press doesn't typically name minors charged with crimes and isn't naming the father to avoid identifying his son.

Police say the older boy took a handgun from a closet at his father's home Aug. 3 and tossed it out a window. Police say he retrieved the gun and fired it, striking Elijah Walker in the face.

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