HOUSTON—The distraught father of a 4-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed himself this weekend was shielded from the media as he left a Harris County courthouse Tuesday.
Marquiez Pratt, 20, was released from jail after posting a $50,000 bond on charges of child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
Pratt was arrested after his son, Jaiden, picked up a gun Sunday morning and accidentally shot himself at an apartment in the 13500 block of Northborough Drive. When Houston police arrived, they saw Pratt carrying his little boy and tried to help, but it was too late. Jaiden was pronounced dead at the scene.
When police searched the apartment, they allegedly found cocaine and marijuana at the scene. The gun that killed his son was also discovered to be stolen, police said.
Pratt said he was asleep when his son found the gun, but a neighbor disputes that, saying she heard adults arguing immediately before hearing the gunshot.
An extremely remorseful Pratt was crying non-stop as his family members led him, face hidden, from the courtroom.
An agitated family member insisted the media go away and leave them alone.
“Back back. Get out the way,” Pratt’s brother said. “Get them cameras out of our face, man.”
Other family members tried to stop the brother from speaking, but he insisted on defending Pratt while they were waiting on the elevator to arrive.
“Y’all want to know something? Yeah, he loved his son. He loved his son,” the brother repeated. “How do y’all think he feels? That was his only child.”
The family said the media’s questioning was “disrespectful.”