Man shoots, kills his toddler son

Associated Press Published:

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police say a man fatally shot his 2-year-old son in the head when he fired into the window of a home during a dispute with the child's mother.

Police say the boy was standing on a landing when he was struck early Tuesday and was taken to a hospital, where he died. The Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office identified the child as Derrice Alexander Jr. of Cleveland.

Police say his father fled the scene and was later arrested but wasn't immediately charged.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says the man is a convicted felon and should not have had a weapon. He declined to give details about that criminal record.

Williams says the man seemed to be cooperating with investigators. They are truing to determine where he got the gun.

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