Mother's boyfriend charged in accidental shooting of three-year-old boy

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged a 24-year-old Detroit man in connection with the accidental shooting of a three-year-old boy.

Marcus Jareno Allen has been charged with Second Degree Child Abuse, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm charges. He was arraigned on the charges at noon Saturday.

The prosecutor's office says Allen was carrying a.45-caliber handgun when he went to visit his girlfriend, who is the mother of three-year-old Marcell Dukes.

Police say Dukes found the gun and shot himself in the foot with a .45-caliber handgun while playing with the weapon.

The incident happened on the 20000 block of Forrer, on the city's west side, around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Family members and Detroit Police say Dukes is expected to be all right. There had been concerns about the amount of blood he lost.

Dukes is still in Children's Hospital, listed in good condition.

His uncle told 7 Action News that Dukes' father had just dropped Marcell at his mother's home and that both parents were at the house at the time of the shooting.

The boy's uncle says he was in the shower when he heard the gun go off.

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