Police in North Carolina recently arrested a 24-year-old male for his role in the accidental shooting of his son. This tragic accident reportedly occurred Saturday, Aug. 15, in Sugar Creek. As the child failed to survive the incident, this young father is facing several felony charges.

According to reports, police were called to a home located on Reagan Drive at approximately 10 p.m. Upon their arrival, they found a small child with a gunshot wound. The child — a 2-year-old boy — was promptly transported to an area hospital for treatment, but sadly, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Investigators say that the weapon the child used to shoot himself was not properly secured. During a search of the home, another weapon was found that was also easily accessible. The young father was taken into police custody and has since been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, convicted felon in possession of a weapon, involuntary manslaughter and failure to properly store a firearm. Other family members were at the home when the shooting occurred, but no one else is facing charges for the incident.

Not many things in life are worse than losing a child, particularly in a highly preventable way. It seems this loss would be punishment enough for this young father. Unfortunately, North Carolina law says differently. If convicted on the felony charges mentioned above, the accused could end up spending years behind bars, among various other penalties. With the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, this individual can do everything possible to seek the best possible outcome.