Milwaukee Man Charged With Child Neglect Following The Fatal Shooting Of A 2-Year-Old

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A 26-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged after authorities disclose his 4-year-old son got hold of a loaded gun and fatally shot his 2-year-old sibling.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called to a home on 9th and Madison on Sunday, Aug. 1st, on arrival, officers found paramedics performing life-saving measures on a 2-year-old boy, the 2-year-old was reportedly shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives interviewed Giovanni Smith, who disclosed he left his two children of age 2 and 4 in his bedroom to watch television while he was on the phone.

Smith told the police that he closed the bedroom door, leaving the two unsupervised. Shortly after, Smith disclosed he heard a “pop” and rushed back to the bedroom to found his 2-year-old child shot and his 4-year-old child was holding the gun and crying.

Smith then made phone calls to his mother and then 911.

The criminal complaint says, Smith told officers he’d always keep his gun loaded underneath the mattress of his bed with the safety on, but when the 4-year-old child told officials he found it on top of a speaker in the bedroom. Smith admitted that he could have left it there by mistake.

Preliminary investigation determined the gun belong to Smith’s mother who told authorities she purchased the black 9mm Taurus in June of 2020 for protection, but also allow Smith to use it.

Smith’s mother stated approximately six weeks ago, that she took in a foster child and asked Smith to take her gun to keep it away from the child.

Smith has been charged with one count of neglecting a child, resulting in death. In court Wednesday, Aug. 4, his bail is reportedly set at $5,000.

A preliminary hearing has also been scheduled for Aug. 16.