A Houston dad who allegedly napped on a couch while his 4-year-old son found a
stolen handgun and shot himself with it has been arrested and will face charges in
the boy’s death.
Marquiez Deshon Pratt, 20, had his son Jaiden for the weekend when the boy shot
himself on Sunday. The boy woke up and picked up his father’s gun, which was lying
nearby, and accidentally fired it into his stomach, according to police.
When investigators arrived at the scene they found a distraught Pratt carrying his
son outside of his apartment. Pratt handed the boy over, and he ran back inside,
police said. Officers performed CPR on Jaiden, while other officers pursued Pratt
into the apartment, according to police. Inside the apartment on Houston’s north
side, police said they found marijuana and crack cocaine, along with scales and other
items used to sell drugs. Pratt was arrested and charged with injury to a child by
omission and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Police said
that the weapon Jaiden shot himself with was a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol that
was taken in a 2011 burglary.