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Toddler shot dead

 
Toddler shot dead
Posted June 10th, 2014 @ 8:27am

(Cleveland) - Police say a two-year-old boy was shot dead Tuesday morning during a domestic argument.

The boy has been identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner as Derrice Alexander Jr.

It happened between 5:30 and 6 a.m. in the 2700 block of Washington, just off the West Shoreway.

A man and woman were arguing, when according to Deputy Chief of Police Ed Tomba, the man left, but fired a gun back toward the apartment. A bullet went through a window, hitting little Derrice, who was standing on the steps.

The child was dead on arrival at Lutheran Hospital.

The man, who Tomba confirms is Derrice's father, fled to another home on W. 49th, where police were called and the man was arrested.

Blood on the sidewalk where Derrice Alexander Jr. was hit.


Tomba says the gun was found in a Dumpster behind the apartment, which is likely where the man threw it away.

In talking to police, the man appears to be sorry for what happened, but Tomba says, "wreckless actions with a weapon don't always turn out well."

Cleveland Police and Cuyahoga Metropolitian Housing Authority Police continue their investigation.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams is urging residents to be more vigilant in reporting felons that have guns. Williams held a news conference regarding the death of a 2 year old child who was apparently shot and killed by his own father.

The toddler was shot and killed during domestic dispute. Derrice Alexander had been in trouble because of violence before.

Alexander had been arrested twice in the past year for domestic violence, but neither case was prosecuted in court.

Alexander was arrested by Cleveland Police Tuesday morning, in the death of his son.

Police Chief Calvin Williams


Williams believes if someone had reported to officers that Alexander had a firearm, a life could have been saved.

He says family members, relatives, and people in the community need to speak up, and should not fear being labeled a snitch.

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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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