A Chicago man has been charged with child endangerment after his
three-year-old son was shot and killed by his six-year-old brother while
the two were playing “cops and robbers”.
The six-year-old found the loaded revolver on top of the refrigerator
and shot little brother Eian Santiago in the head on Saturday evening,
according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. The
older brother’s name was not disclosed.
child endangerment, a felony, police said. He appeared in court on
Sunday and is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to DNAinfo.com
Chicago, a local news web site.
“He was a beautiful kid. It’s real crazy,” the grandfather, Israel
LaSalle, said in a tearful interview “That’s why parents should never
have guns in the house.”
Norwegian American Hospital, and then transported to Mount Sinai Medical
Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly before midnight, officials
Cobras street gang and had purchased the gun from a gang member for
protection, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
DiBella said the shooting happened when the children were in the care of
their grandfather while Santiago was at work and his wife was at the
store with a younger child, age one.
it was only for adults, DiBella said. The gun had been wrapped in pajama