Father charged in 2-year-old son's death

CLEVELAND -- The man accused in fatally shooting his own 2-year-old son Tuesday morning has now been charged.

Police say Derrice Alexander has officially been charged with aggravated murder. He is slated to make his first court appearance on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

It happened during a reported domestic dispute around 5:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Terrace apartments near W. 28th Street and Division Avenue.

Police say Alexander and the child's mother were arguing. When Alexander tried to leave, he reportedly fired a direction at the porch where the child was standing. The boy, Derrice Alexander Jr., was struck in the head.

The boy died a short time later at a local hospital.

Alexander allegedly discarded the weapon in a Dumpster and fled to a relative's home nearby. He was arrested a short time later.

The suspected firearm was recovered.


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