Detroit man charged in 2-year-old son's shooting

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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A 24-year-old Detroit man has been charged in the non-fatal shooting of his 2-year-old son on Monday, officials said.

Johntauris Dupree Barber was formally charged in court with second-degree child abuse, felony firearm possession and marijuana possession, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

A 36th District Court magistrate ordered Barber to be held on a $50,000 bond and scheduled a probable cause conference for next Thursday and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 28.

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Officials said the shooting happened at about 6 p.m. Monday at Barber's home in the 12600 block of Laing near Seven Mile and Kelly on the city's east side.

Barber, his wife and another man were in the home when they heard a gunshot come from the living room, according to police.

He told investigators he ran into the room and found his two-year-old son bleeding from the right side of his body, officials said.

Authorities accuse Barber of failing to properly secure his handgun and placed it under a couch in the living room where the child found it and shot himself.

Prosecutors said Barber then ran to a nearby house and a neighbor drove the child, Barber and his wife to a hospital for treatment.

Police arrived at the home to investigate the shooting and found the handgun and suspected marijuana.

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