Father charged after 5-year-old boy shoots himself in hand

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CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been arrested after his 5-year-old son, who was shot in the face in a 2016 drive-by shooting, accidentally shot himself in the hand with the man’s handgun.

Chicago police said late Wednesday 25-year-old Kevin Collins is charged with felony gun counts, including possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. He also faces misdemeanor charges of causing a child to be endangered.

Police say Kavan Collins shot himself Tuesday night after finding the loaded, uncased gun in a bedroom of a home on the city’s South Side.

They say Kevin Collins is a convicted felon who obtained the gun illegally.

Last year, the boy was walking with his mom and others when a bullet fired from a vehicle struck him in the jaw.

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