Father lies about home invasion after son accidentally shoots, kills himself, according to police

Dad lies about home invasion after toddler shoots and kills himself

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities said a father initially claimed his 4-year-old son was shot and killed in a home invasion and robbery in Philadelphia early Thursday morning.

Later that afternoon, police said the father lied about the home invasion and said the child accidentally shot and killed himself.

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Philadelphia police were called to the house around 1 a.m. Thursday.

When officers arrived, they were met by a father holding a younger child who said the 4-year-old shooting victim was upstairs.

Officers rushed the boy to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

The 4-year-old boy was in the home with his father and another child at the time. According to police, the mother was at work.