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6-year-old boy fatally shoots 3-year-old brother in Chicago; Father arrested

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Police subsequently arrested the boys' father, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, on a felony child endangerment charge. During a court hearing on Sunday, Assistant state's Attorney Joseph DiBella said that Santiago bought the gun off the street. Police subsequently arrested the boys' father, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, on a felony child endangerment charge. During a court hearing on Sunday, Assistant state's Attorney Joseph DiBella said that Santiago bought the gun off the street.
CHICAGO -

Police in Chicago say they have charged a 25-year-old father with one felony count of Causing Child Endangerment/Death after his 6-year-old son shot and killed his 3-year-old son. 

Police say Michael Santiago knowingly stored a loaded gun on top of a refrigerator that was easily accessible to his children. Santiago's 6-year-old son found the gun and accidentally shot his 3-year-old brother in the head. 

“It’s real simple,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday. “If that gun is not in the house that kid is alive today. We see this happen over and over and over again.”

The Chicago Tribune quotes Assistant state's Attorney Joseph DiBella as saying Santiago bought the gun off the street and kept it for protection because he was a former gang member who had snitched on a gang member in a murder trial.

The judge set Santiago's bail at $75,000.

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