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Lake Stevens man faces charges after son, 3, shot himself

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Jon Holzwarth is accused of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. Jon Holzwarth is accused of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor.
EVERETT, Wash. - A Lake Stevens, Wash., man will face criminal charges after his 3-year-old son shot himself in the face with his father's handgun.

The Daily Herald reports Jon Holzwarth is accused of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. Prosecutors say that by leaving a gun within reach of his son, Holzwarth engaged in reckless conduct that created a substantial risk to the boy.

The boy shot himself in the mouth in November. The bullet lodged in the boy's upper palate and caused significant damage that required surgery.

Holzwarth doesn't have any prior criminal history. Prosecutors are not expected to request bail when he is arraigned next month. They do plan to ask that Holzwarth not have any contact with his son.

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