Father charged in death of 3-year-old son after leaving loaded gun within reach

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A father has been charged after his 3-year-old son was accidentally shot and killed in a St. Louis County apartment Thursday.  Rodney March II, 28, faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Court documents state that March left a loaded .40 caliber Glock within reach of the young child.  The 3-year-old, identified as Rodney March III,  was able to get the gun and shoot himself in the head.  He died as a result of the gunshot wound.

The shooting happened in an apartment in the 9500 block of Jacobi Avenue. Police say that the child was home with his mother and father.  They were the only ones in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

The mother drove her injured child from the apartment and flagged down St. Louis County Police officers that were on patrol in the area.  The officers attempted to provide first aid.  But, they determined that they needed to get more help at a hospital.  One officer drove while the other treated the child.  The child was taken to Northeast Hospital and was pronounced deceased.

Rodney March III is one of many children who have lost their lives due to an unintended shooting death.  Lise Bernstein with Women's Voices Raised For Social Justice says one reason people don't secure their guns at home is that feel they can use it quickly if needed. However, she says statistics show you are more likely to be injured with your gun than being able to defend yourself.
"This family of the 3-year-old will be forever changed, and the community around him." said Lise Bernstein.
To help the volunteer group to continue to offer free gun locks you can donate at womensvoicesraised.org.

 

 

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