KISSIMMEE, FL: A Florida father has reportedly been arrested after his 4-year-old son accidentally committed suicide on Thursday, March 7. Michael Bragg Jr was found unconscious with a gunshot wound between his eyes just before 10 a.m. , according to a court document.
The little boy was immediately rushed to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Police said the shooting happened at the child’s home at 2117 The Oaks Boulevard in Kissimmee, Florida. Michael, or ‘Junior’ to friends and family, was in the house with his father, Michael Bragg, 32, and an unidentified witness, according to Wesh. The witness told officers they were sleeping when they were awakened by a gunshot and found the injured four-year-old near a wheelchair.
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Why was Michael’s father arrested?
Michael’s heartbroken mother, Ebony Davis, said she dropped her son off with his father the day before and expected to pick him up the next day. She claimed she was unaware there were guns in the house. Meanwhile, his sister Cornecia Pinkins said Junior’s father was irresponsible. Police arrested Michael Senior and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Opoyi reported.
Officers said the father was arrested after changing his story several times. Michael senior first claimed there were no guns in the house but then changed his story to say his friend kept guns there before finally confessing he had guns. fire arms. According to a police affidavit, two firearms were found at his home, including a Glock .22 and a 9mm handgun recovered from a suitcase near the front downstairs. Officers said they also found a large amount of blood and an “intact gun cartridge” in the living room.
Friends hold a vigil for Junior
The family’s neighbors also expressed shock at Michael’s death. “I was definitely in shock. This is a neighborhood where we have been here for a year now and nothing has ever happened in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Euyenia Santiago, adding, “All my children have under 7. I have a 4-year-old too, so I can’t even imagine the thoughts that are probably going through the mind of the mother or even the father.”
Michael Junior’s devastated friends and family held a candlelight vigil and balloons to honor his life. The mum told local media that she ‘used to wake up to him every morning saying ‘Mom, I love you so much'”, according to Mirror. She added: “I would rather my son bury me before I am to bury him. He is only four years old. He hasn’t even been able to live his life.” A GoFundMe page has also been created to help Davis raise money for Junior’s funeral. The fund description states that “Junior’s presence and smile would light up the whole room.” has so far raised $695 of the $10,000 goal.