Oscar Ramos, 35, was arrested on suspicion of leaving a loaded gun unsecured for a 2-year-old boy fatally shot himself.
(Fresno Police department via AP)
A California man was arrested and charged this week in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy who allegedly shot himself in the head with an unsecured gun.
Oscar Ramos, 35, was arrested Monday, Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer told the Fresno Bee. Ramos was charged with criminal storage of a firearm in the first degree, according to inmate records. He is being held on $ 30,000 bail.
On Saturday, Ramos allegedly left a loaded gun unsecured in his Fresno home, leading a toddler, that if Jace Alexander, accidentally shoots himself in the head. Jace was rushed to a local hospital, but later died from his injury.
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Ramos was not related to the boy, but shared the house with the father of the child, Jonathan, who was not there at the time.
In the past, the father of the boy reportedly warned Ramos not to leave the gun unsecured. Dryer said Ramos, “took full responsibility” for the incident.
“This was a death that was totally to avoid,” the chief of police said during a press conference, according to the Fresno Bee. “It is a responsibility to our children to save [firearms] in a safe and reliable way.”
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California law requires guns to be stored in a closed place, not to do so is punishable by up to three years in prison.
It was not immediately clear if Ramos has an attorney.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.