Detroit father charged after 5-year-old son shoots himself

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A Detroit father has been charged in the non-fatal shooting of his five-year-old son after the boy got access to an unsecured gun, Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Monday.

James Curtis Hill Jr.

James Curtis Hill Jr., 53, is accused of having an unsecured handgun in his home in the 12900 block of Pelkey that his young son discovered. The boy shot himself in the right side of his head around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the prosecutor's office. 

The boy was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. No other details about the child's condition were released Monday.

Hill has been charged with two counts of second-degree child abuse, one count of felon in possession of a weapon, two counts of felony firearm, one count of possession of cocaine, and one count of possession of heroin.  

Hill was arraigned Monday in 36th District Court and given a $25,000 bond. Magistrate Rodney Johnson ordered Hill not to have contact with his 5-year-old son directly or indirectly.

A probable cause conference for Hill is scheduled for Sept. 15 and a preliminary examination for Sept. 22, both hearings will take place in 36th District Court.

Hill also was ordered to wear a GPS tether. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf and a request for a court-appointed attorney was made for Hill.