Antonio Francois

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police arrested a father on Saturday after they say his 5-year-old son accidentally shot himself.

According to police, 30-year-old Antonio Francois told police that he placed his handgun on the table where his son's toys were while he ate his dinner and that he went into the bedroom and fell asleep after eating.

The incident happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. They say the mother told officers that she walked to the bedroom where her son’s father was asleep while her son stayed in the front living room playing with his toys.

She said that she heard a loud boom and both parents ran to the living room where they observed their son suffering from a gunshot wound.

The child was transported to the hospital by personal vehicle for life-threatening injuries. 

Francois is charged with reckless endangerment. 

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