Police said a Philadelphia father made up a story that his 4-year-old son was shot and killed in a home invasion early Thursday morning, Jan. 30, according to CBS Philly.
Officers responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m at the home on the 2100 block of North Lambert Street. Police said 28-year-old father, Edward Williams Sr., was downstairs holding the young child—4-year-old Edward Williams Jr. was found upstairs in a bedroom unconscious and unresponsive. The child’s mother was at work when the shooting happened.
According to police, Williams was sleeping when the 4-year-old found the 9mm Glock in a bedroom closet. It appears the child shot himself with the gun. A 3-year-old was also in the bedroom at the time of the shooting. He was not hurt.
The boy was rushed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where he later was pronounced dead.
Williams initially told police someone broke into his North Philadelphia home and killed his son. However, there were no signs of forced entry to the home and no signs of a struggle, police said after a further investigation. The gun was not stolen but did not belong to Williams.
“Our investigation revealed that a home invasion did not, in fact, occur. We believe Mr. Williams made that up, probably due to the fact that he had several prior arrests,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith said. “He’s not to have possessed a firearm, therefore he attempted to conceal the circumstances.”
The investigation is ongoing and Williams could face charges in his son’s death.