A 4-year-old boy is dead after a tragic accident in his father’s Houston home. The Houston Chronicle reported Marqueiz Pratt, 21, was sleeping on the couch when his son Jaiden found his .41 caliber gun and accidentally shot himself in the stomach this Sunday.
Pratt ran out of the apartment holding his son and yelling for help. When the police arrived, he left his son and ran back into the apartment building. Police tried to revive the Jaiden but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The sergeant reported Pratt kept repeating, “I messed up, I messed up” at the scene.
When the police followed him into the apartment, they found crack cocaine, scales and other materials for selling drugs. The gun the little boy used was stolen in a 2011 robbery. Further reporting from MSNBC found that the boy was spending only the weekend with his father; his mother was scheduled to pick him up that afternoon. Pratt is being held on $50,000 on charges of injury to a child by omission and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He will appear in court today.