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North Carolina man charged with manslaughter in 2-year-old son’s death

A man was charged Sunday with manslaughter and weapons violations in the death of his 2-year-old son, who located his father’s gun and shot himself, police in North Carolina’s largest city said.

Antonio Thomas Cureton, 24, was in the Mecklenburg County Jail in part on counts of involuntary manslaughter, the unlawful possession of firearms by a convicted felon and the failure to secure one to protect a minor, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police news release.

Police had responded to a shooting at a motel in northeast Charlotte on Saturday night. The toddler, Amor Cureton, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the release said.

Police detectives determined the child gained access to an unsecured firearm and discharged it, fatally injuring himself. The police department’s canine unit also located a second weapon in the Antonio Cureton’s possession, according to the release.

Mecklenburg County records show Cureton was jailed on five counts with a combined bond of more than $100,000 and awaited a Tuesday court hearing. The records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney. Police had no such information.

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