Racine father charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old

Racine father charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old
Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 15:34:33-04

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- The father of a toddler found fatally shot at their Racine apartment has been charged in the child's death.

Police were called to the apartment July 12 where they found 3-year-old Jere'Miah Pitt dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest. A criminal complaint says his 30-year-old father, Jeffrey Pitt Jr., told authorities he drank five shots of alcohol before coming home, putting in a movie for his son and passing out. He told police that when he woke up the next morning he found his son dead.

The complaint says police found a gun hidden under Pitt's dresser. The Journal Times reports prosecutors on Wednesday charged Pitts with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety and illegally possessing a gun. Court records do no list a defense attorney.