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FAYETTEVILLE, NC -

The father of a 4-year-old who accidentally shot himself with a handgun Saturday has been charged in connection with the incident.

Jeffery David Perez, 32, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm in connection with the death of his son, Killian Perez.

This is the second case in less than a month of a young Fayetteville child finding an unsecured gun in a home and fatally shooting themselves.

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Girl, 2, finds gun under sofa and fatally shoots herself

2-year-old  Samarri Iyanna Beauford found a gun under the sofa at her home and shot herself on Oct. 19. Her father, Melvin Andre Clark Jr., was later charged.

In Saturday's shooting, Fayetteville police said officers responded to 1608 Stanford Court around 10:45 a.m. in reference to a child being shot.

Upon arrival, emergency responders performed life-saving techniques on Killian Perez but the he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An investigation revealed the boy located and retrieved a loaded handgun that was stored on the top of a refrigerator. Police said the child then was able to manipulate the gun and shot himself.

Jeffrey Perez was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center and received a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Jeffery Perez is a soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Bragg, police said.

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