Rodney March III

Rodney March III was killed in an accident shooting. His father was charged.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Charges were filed Friday against Rodney March II in the death of a 3-year-old boy in north St. Louis County Thursday.

St. Louis County police said 3-year-old Rodney March III was at home with his mother and father when he accessed an unsecured gun in a bedroom and accidentally shot himself in the head the 9500 block of Jacobi shortly before noon.

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Rodney March II, 28, is accused of leaving a loaded .40 caliber Glock within reach of 3-year-old Rodney March III, which the child used to fatally shoot himself.

Read:  Boy dies after accidentally shooting himself in North County, police say

After the shooting, his mother started driving the child to the hospital and encountered a police officer near a Family Dollar store in the 9800 block of Halls Ferry Road.

Friday morning, the 28-year-old suspect, who police said is the boy's father, was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond. 

According to police, March II left a loaded .40 caliber Glock within reach of the 3-year-old, which he was able to get a hold of and shoot himself. 

A wave of gun deaths across the St. Louis area has left at least 17 children, all under the age of 16, and a young mother dead since early May. Read their stories here.

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