MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been indicted for the fatal shooting of his son, illegally re-entering the United States after deportation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
On Sept. 30, 2019, Argel Hernandez-Escobar, 32, fatally shot his 3-year-old son, Angel. He had been sitting on the front porch with his pistol when it went off, a release stated.
Hernandez-Escobar was not allowed to have the pistol in his possession because he is a prohibited person.
The federal charges he faces are for the firearm and being in the U.S. illegally after deportation, the release stated.
Hernandez-Escobar also has pending state charges in Shelby County Criminal Court for reckless homicide and aggravated child abuse.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security-Border Enforcement Security Task Force, in conjunction with the Memphis Police Department, according to a release.
At the time of Angel’s death, the Memphis child Advocacy Center reported that Angel was one out of seven children in Shelby County who died in the care of a parent or caregiver in 2018.
According to different studies children dying from firearm injuries have increased over the past five years.
The American Academy of Pediatrics said nearly 1,300 children die from and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year.
In Tennessee, 102 children died from gun injuries in 2017 and out of that number 57 accounted for homicides.
According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), nearly five children die every day from abuse or neglect.
Escobar’s indictment came just three days after Alex Brown was arrested for shooting his 4-year-old nephew in North Memphis.
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