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Man charged in connection to fatal shooting of 2-year-old boy in St. Paul

The boy would've turned three soon.
Earl Williams

A 2-year-old boy who was fatally shot in St. Paul Dec. 23 has been identified, while the man whose gun is believed to have been involved in the incident turned himself in and has now been charged with second-degree manslaughter. 

The boy, identified by St. Paul Police Department as Jayse Damir Wilson, died of a gunshot wound to the head. The fatal incident happened Dec. 23 at an apartment located on the 800 block of Rice Street, with medics arriving at the scene to find the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to his forehead. The child died in an ambulance shortly after medics arrived. 

The child's mother informed police that Earl Williams, 39, of St. Paul, frantically called her from her apartment telling her she needed to come home, with the criminal complaint saying that Williams said the boy shot himself. 

The complaint states: "Williams told her he had left a gun in the bathroom and the boy 'got to it.'"

Three of the 2-year-old's siblings were inside the apartment when the gun was fired. One of his sisters told police that she was in the living room watching TV and her 2-year-old brother was in his mother's bedroom when she heard a loud bang. She said Williams told her stay in the living room, and about 10 minutes later Williams told the girl to call 911 and then left. 

When Williams left, the girl found her brother on the bathroom floor. She and her other siblings moved him to a bedroom and called 911, with the operator giving them instructions on how to perform CPR. 

Williams turned himself into police on Dec. 25. He has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. 

Williams has five previous felony convictions, including receiving stolen property, attempted armed robbery with a gun, aggravated sexual assault and drug-related convictions. 

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