Father charged with neglect in boy’s fatal shooting

MILWAUKEE — According to The Associated Press,  Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Milwaukee father with neglect in the weekend death of his 5-year-old son who was fatally shot. Jamal C. Anderson, 27, was charged with neglecting a child resulting in the death of Jamal Anderson Jr. as well as possession with intent to deliver marijuana and heroin. Anderson was booked into the Milwaukee County Jail on $200,000 bail. The boy suffered a single gunshot to his stomach, according to the complaint. But the complaint does not explain who fired the shot or how it happened. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office would not elaborate or clarify. Milwaukee police also would not comment on how the shooting occurred. The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s reports on the shooting are sealed. According to the charges, Anderson was warned by his roommate not to let the boy into parts of their apartment where guns were kept. Police arriving at about 1 a.m. Saturday found a pillow on the floor next to the couch where the boy’s body was found that had a hole “consistent with a gunshot,” the complaint said. Investigators found a backpack containing guns, ammunition, and drugs in a snowbank outside the apartment building, according to the complaint. Anderson told police he put the backpack in the snowbank after his son was shot because he “did not want it to look like (he) had his son in a drug house,” the complaint said.