DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The father of an 11-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy in Detroit has been charged with manslaughter in the death.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office said Monday, Curry Bryson of Detroit, stored the weapon in a “grossly negligent manner.” He’s also charged with second-degree child abuse, using a firearm during a felony and altering identification marks on a weapon.

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Police say the older boy took a handgun from a closet at his father’s home Aug. 3 and tossed it out a window. Police say he retrieved the gun and fired it, striking Elijah Walker in the face.

Bryson was scheduled to be arraigned 36th District Court on Monday.

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His attorney, Jerome Barney, says Bryson is a lifelong Detroiter with no criminal record.

“He’s a good father; he takes care of this kid,” Barney said. “There were two adults that were present, you know. There are a lot of facts here that will come out in the trial. I don’t want to just try this case in the media, but this is definitely an overcharge in my mind.”

The boy is charged in Juvenile Court with manslaughter. His name has not been released due to his age.

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