Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dad sentenced in shooting death of 4-year-old son (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Seems that the drug dealer daddy had heroin stashed in the couch along with a loaded gun. Real smart with a 4-year old in the house....

Dad is identified as JAVIER MERLE.

Pa. dad sentenced for son’s accidental gun death

The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 2:19 p.m.

A Philadelphia drug dealer whose young son fatally shot himself with a gun that had been hidden in a sofa has been sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison.

Twenty-six-year-old Javier Merle apologized to his family and in-laws at his sentencing on Thursday. 

Prosecutors say Merle had stashed heroin and a loaded 9mm pistol in the couch at his Kensington home. Four-year-old Javier Merle Jr. found the gun in July 2011 after his father went outside during a dispute with neighbors. 

Merle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drug charges in August.

 Merle's attorney says the boy's death has torn the family apart. But the judge reprimanded relatives for tolerating Merle's drug-dealing