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Sunday, 18 October 2015

A boy shot is little brother to death when playing cops and robbers

A six-year-old boy has shot dead his little brother playing cops and robbers with his dad's gun.

Eian Santiago suffered a fatal gunshot wound to his head on Saturday night and died in hospital in Chicago.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the six-year-old saw the handgun on top of the fridge, took it and fired it in the direction of his brother.

His father Michael Santiago, 25, was arrested and charged with a child endangerment felony and appeared in court yesterday.

He said he had for protection after testifying in a murder trial
Prosecutor Joseph DiBella said: "The gun was purchased off the street.

"It was kept loaded, and it was wrapped in pyjama pants on top of the refrigerator.

"The defendant previously showed the six-year-old where the gun was kept, and in a videotape statement the defendant said he kept the gun for protection because he was a former gang member who snitched on a gang member in a murder trial."

DiBella said Santiago, who doesn't have a firearm owner's identification card or concealed carry license, put the firearm, a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, back on top of the refrigerator.

Santiago, who is a manager at a Papa Ray's Pizza restaurant, was at work and his girlfriend, the victim's mother, was with her one-year-old child getting milk from a store.

The boy's grandfather was at the home and heard the gunshot ring out shortly after 9 pm Saturday.

Bail was set at $75,000 and Santiago is expected to return to court on Friday.

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