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Monday, February 25 2013, 09:49 AM CST
4-year-old dies after shooting himself with gun father had stolen

HOUSTON - by KHOU 11 News and

A father was arrested Sunday after his 4-year-old son fatally shot himself at an apartment in north Houston, police said.

Marquiez Pratt, 31, is charged with endangering a child and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Houston Police Department.

Homicide detectives said that patrol units responded to a 911 call of a shooting at 8:45 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 13500 block of Northborough Drive.

When police arrived, they found Pratt carrying his son, Jaiden Pratt, who had been shot in the chest, detectives said.

Paramedics arrived shortly after and tried to revive the Jaiden, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy lives with his mother, but sometimes visits his father at his apartment on the weekends, detectives said.

Police said that Pratt was allegedly dealing drugs from his apartment, and that the weapon the child shot himself with was stolen.

This story comes to us through KFDM's media partnership with KHOU-TV in Houston.

4-year-old dies after shooting himself with gun father had stolen

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12 reported missing after Hays County flooding

Jasper County Sheriff's Office report

Update on Trinity River flood stage

DPS releases name of teen bicyclist killed in crash

Ambulance crashes, first responders unhurt

OPD: Crash in Orange kills husband and wife riding motorcycle

Update: Child hit by car in Orange County not seriously injured

Water levels rise in Sabine River; residents prepare for flooding

Child hit by car in Orange County, flown to hospital

Police release name of man fatally shot Saturday at Magnolia Park in Beaumont

Youth honor deceased veterans for Memorial Day

Beaumont Police arrest man for fatal shooting at Magnolia Park

Lamar graduates celebrate accomplishments on graduation day

Beaumont Police investigating fatal shooting at Magnolia Park

Pedal cyclist Killed in Crash near Buna

More travelers expected on roads this Memorial Day weekend

Boil water notice for some Jasper County residents

U.S Coast Guard offers tips on Memorial Day boating safety

SETX soldier welcomed home after overseas tour

Newton County Judge declares emergency for weather threat

Liberty County official: no evacuation expected

Severe weather threatens storm-stricken Texas again

Report: Biker threats against Texas law officers

Traveling? Check to find out how traffic is flowing

Waco restaurant bans bikers then lifts ban

Takata airbag recall may take up to 5 years

Flooding Trinity River spills from banks in Liberty County, officials on alert

Fuel spill in Kountze reroutes traffic

Texas adds 287,000 jobs over year ago; local jobless rate at 6 percent

CPSO invites comments on accepting federal gear

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AL: Senior prank goes awry; teacher, 4 students face punishment

TX Insurance Dept offers Hurricane Season tips

OH: police rescue man from burning car

Students react to dead hog tied to West Brook H.S. flagpole

DPS details cause of accident that led to I-10 shutdown

Driver slams into back of Little Cypress-Mauriceville school bus

Traffic Update (6 PM) all lanes on I-10 Neches R. bridge now open

11th Street businesses look forward to future following undercover sting

Jury indicts man on six counts of child endangerment

Press Club hurricane meeting aims at preparedness

Greg Bostwick looks at rainfall totals around the area

BREAKING -- Grand Jury indicts 6 officers in Freddie Gray death

Lamar Police make arrest in indecent exposure case

Jury convicts man of Jasper County murder; deliberating punishment

Jasper man guilty of murder, gets 25-years and $2,500 fine

UPDATE - Traffic alert I-10 Westbound Purple Heart Bridge blocked

BISD investigating to find out who tied dead hog to West Brook flagpole; district releases statement

Waco businesses reopening at biker battle shopping center

FTC and states settle with charities they call 'sham'

Jefferson County SO asking help to find 'dangerous fugitive'

Influx of volunteers to speed up New Orleans Katrina rebuilding

Update on 11th Street crime crackdown

Judge dismisses domestic violence charges against Ray Rice

Census: 5 Texas cities in U.S. Top 10 for population gain

Lamar State College-Port Arthur names President’s and Dean’s lists

Final farewell but not goodbye to Kelli on news set at 10 p.m.

McNeese State graduates 30 Texas students

Local man indicted on charge related to stabbing puppy to death

Local man indicted on intoxication manslaughter charge

After Kelli Phillips' farewell, stay tuned for David Letterman's sign off

Lamar Police searching for man who exposed himself at track

Caravan to Catch a Killer

Woman sexually assaulted in Liberty County by fake Etsy retailers

Law enforcement agencies crack down on crime on 11th Street

Swarming termites become a nuisance

Security stepped up at Jasper trial after courtroom disturbance

Two new Regional Crime Lab investigators trained

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul starts filibuster over NSA bill- watch it live

Police find car in water, belongs to naked man seen wandering

Gang injunction leads to first conviction

Police finishing investigation at site of biker shootout

AAA: Texas gas prices continue slow steady climb

AT&T: 4 in 10 smartphone users use social media while driving

Man who caught Listeria-related Meningitis sues Blue Bell

Nederland fire fighters raise $5,617 for MDA in Fill the Boot drive

Breaking News: Police say report of body in Sabine Lake may have been naked, disoriented man now seen walking on Pleasure Island

Sight of stuffed tiger on car prompts 911 call

Four big banks fined $2.5 billion, will plead guilty market rigging

Witness testimonies conflict in Jasper murder trial

Sterling family speaks out about organ donation

Link to organ donor registry site

Sour Lake Post Office reopens after fire

Supporters of "open carry" bill optimistic about it becoming law

Pinehurst officers seek key witness in armed robbery

Crimestoppers needs you help to catch two gunmen

Lamar police seeking man for indecent exposure

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks here

Liberty County woman sexually assaulted after internet transaction

Blowout well capped; RR Commission investigating

Lamar State College Port Arthur confers 188 degrees

Randy Sayers takes over as new Jasper mayor

Austin father saves daughter, then drowns

Lamar State College-Port Arthur honors top ranking students

Golden Triangle Militia seeks recognition from Orange County

President's order limits military surplus equipment law enforcement agencies can receive

Making a difference in the biker community

Students using iPads to bring history to life

Authorities investigate unoccupied house fire in Beaumont

Coast Guard launches app; features emergency assistance for boaters

Orange County Deputies report seeing less synthetic marijuana

Silsbee police chief warns against distracted driving in the summer months

Port Arthur holds Lunch in the Park

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Business News

Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 281,000

WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's magic versus Arnold at the nation's movie theaters this holiday weekend.

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Some Detroit-area cops are dealing with some real animals.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia has legalized and plans to tax Airbnb and other short-term rentals ahead of Pope Francis' visit in September and next year's Democratic National Convention.


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