A Memphis man is now charged with reckless homicide in the death of an 8-year-old boy this weekend.
Cordero Wilhite was arrested and charged with Reckless Homicide in the death of his son, who died Sunday afternoon after shooting himself in the 1000 block of Parkland Road, off Barron Avenue in southeast Memphis.
According to police records, Wilhite placed a loaded gun on a bed under some covers near his son and another juvenile. Police say he told them he didn’t want the two to see him with the gun. At some point after, the 8-year-old was shot.
Police say they also found marijuana and drug paraphrenalia in the room where the shooting happened. Wilhite is charged with reckless homicide and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
It’s the third accidental shooting in three days in Memphis, claiming the lives of two children in two days.