An Antioch man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony charges in connection with the accidental fatal shooting of his 2-year-old son in Antioch in December, prosecutor Paul Graves said today. The shooting happened on Dec. 2 in the family’s apartment on Lemontree Court. The victim, Jyonn Carr, and his 4-year-old brother were alone in their parents’ bedroom when a gun they were holding went off, police said. The children’s grandmother, who was watching them at the time, heard the gunshot and found Jyonn in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to his head.
He died at a hospital. Investigators determined that the children’s mother had recently bought the weapon, a 9mm handgun, and that their father, Eddie Lee Carr, 28, had removed it from a safe that morning, loaded it and placed it in a drawer in the bedroom, police said. Both parents were initially arrested, but prosecutors found that there was insufficient evidence to charge the mother. Carr, however, was charged with two counts of child endangerment, one of which carries an enhancement for causing death; being a felon in possession of a firearm; criminal storage of a firearm and possession of cocaine, Graves said.
A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday during which a judge ordered Carr held for trial on all counts, Graves said. Carr is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 22 in Contra Costa County Superior Court.
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