A Chicago father will appear in court relating to the death of his 3-year-old son, who was fatally shot by his 6-year-old son. The man's Friday, Oct. 23, court appearance will be his preliminary hearing in the case.
According to police, the man's 6-year-old son found a revolver loaded with bullets on top of a refrigerator in the family home. The boy used the revolver to shoot his younger brother last Saturday. Allegedly, the two boys were playing a game of cops and robbers. The younger brother who was fatally shot was named Eian Santiago. The older brother's name has yet to be released.
Father Said He Was Former Gang Member
The father of both boys, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, was arrested following the incident, but he has since been released on bail. The man told police that he used to be in a street gang, the Spanish Cobras. He said that he bought the revolver from another gang member in order to protect himself.
Previously, Santiago testified on behalf of the prosecution over a murder trial brought against another gang member. Therefore, his concern for his safety may have been well-founded.
Grandmother Was Watching Children During the Tragedy
The father was not at home when the tragic shooting incident occurred. He was at his workplace, and his mother was out of the house shopping at a store. The boys were being cared for by their grandmother when the brother found the gun and shot the toddler.
If convicted of the charges being brought against him, Santiago could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison.
No matter how this case is viewed, it is an extreme tragedy that never should have happened. The accused father in this case may be able to successfully defend himself against the criminal charges. However, regardless of whether he is punished or not, there is nothing the courts can do to him that will come close to the mental anguish and regret he will experience for the rest of his life.
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