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Detroit — A Detroit man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of his girlfriend's 10-year-old son was ordered to undergo a competency exam in the case Tuesday.

Clifton Shortie Jr. was charged earlier this month with involuntary manslaughter, child abuse for failing to secure a loaded weapon, and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm as a result of the death of Tony Campbell.

Authorities say Shortie, 34, left an unsecured, loaded rifle in the basement of a home on Roxbury Street on the city's east side where Campbell and some other boys found it. While playing with the weapon, the gun discharged, killing Campbell Dec. 29.

Shortie allegedly had left the home when Campbell and the children playing the basement found the gun.

Shortie is due back in court March 18.

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