Crime

Chicago Dad Appears In Court Over Accidental Shooting Death Of 3-Year-Old

Michael Santiago booking photo provided by the Chicago Police Department via REUTERS

A Chicago man who has been charged with felony child endangerment after his 3-year-old son was shot and killed by his 6-year-old brother will appear in court on Oct. 23 for a preliminary hearing.

The 6-year-old found the loaded revolver on top of the refrigerator and shot little brother Eian Santiago on Oct. 17 while the two were playing "cops and robbers," according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The older brother's name was not disclosed.

The boys' father, Michael Santiago, 25, is out on bail. He told police that he was a former member of the Spanish Cobras street gang and had purchased the gun from a gang member for protection.

Santiago had testified for the prosecution in a murder trial of another gang member, according to local media reports.

The little boys had been in the care of their grandfather at the time of the shooting, while their father was at work and their mother at the store.

Santiago faces up to five years in prison if convicted, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski and Nikitta Foston in Chicago; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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