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Police: Father mishandles gun, fatally shoots toddler

9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Monday, February 10 2020 Feb 10, 2020 February 10, 2020 5:47 AM February 10, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
Derrick Wright Photo: Shreveport Police Department

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A 19-month-old boy was shot to death in Louisiana and police have arrested his father on a manslaughter charge.

The shooting happened Friday night in Shreveport, shortly after 6 p.m., according to a police news release.

Investigators believe the child’s father was mishandling a firearm when it discharged, striking the child in the chest, police said Saturday in a news release.

The child died later at Oschner LSU Hospital. The coroner identified the child as Kayson Wright.

Police said Derrick Wright, 29, was jailed on a manslaughter charge in the death of his son.

Jail records were not immediately available and it was unclear if he had an attorney who could speak for him.

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