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      Father charged after 4-year-old son shoots himself

      FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Fayetteville father has been charged after police say his 4-year-old son found a loaded gun in the home and shot and killed himself.

      Police say 32-year-old Jeffery David Perez was arrested Saturday and charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm.

      Authorities say Perez was home alone that morning watching the boy, Killian, and two other children while their mother was in Durham visiting a family member.

      Investigators say the boy got the loaded handgun from on top of a refrigerator and shot himself.

      Perez has been released from jail, and it wasn't known if he had an attorney. He is a soldier in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Bragg.

      (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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