Man pleads guilty in death of son, 9, who shot himself

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Christopher Duran Head, a 45-year-old Detroit man who was hit with several gun charges after his 9-year-old son, Daylen, fatally shot himself last year with a gun Head had at his home, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.

The charges: second-degree murder; involuntary manslaughter; child abuse, second degree; possession of a firearm by a felon; possession of a short-barreled shotgun; and felony firearm.

Daylen Head shot himself with a sawed-off shotgun in November at the family’s home on the 6600 block of Barton, on the west side. As a felon, Head was not legally allowed to possess a gun. He was arrested that day.

“This should never happen,” Detroit police chief James Craig said when charges were pressed in November.

Head’s criminal record in Wayne County dates to 1989, and includes charges for extortion, stalking, possession of a concealed weapon, and the delivery and manufacture of cocaine. In 2006, an arson case against Head was dismissed.

Head will be sentenced on April 27 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway, who accepted the guilty plea today at a pre-trial hearing. Had there been no plea, Head’s trial would have started on March 14, according to court records.