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Moorhead man charged after 6-year-old was killed with his gun

Because of a previous felony conviction, Phillip Jones Jr. was prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm or ammunition.

A Moorhead man has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm after a 6-year-old boy was killed with his gun.

A U.S. District Court judge announced charges against Phillip Jones Jr., 33, on Wednesday.

It follows the death of the boy, called Marcellus, at his home in Moorhead on March 21, with police arriving to find him suffering a gunshot wound that ultimately proved fatal.

Investigators learned that a loaded pistol in a box had been located on top of the kitchen cabinets and matched a spent casing found in the kitchen trash can.

The boy and three other children were unsupervised in the apartment when the boy found the gun. It's not clear exactly how he came to be shot, but a GoFundMe set up for his family says the children weren't aware the gun was loaded.

An investigation later revealed that the DNA collected from the firearm matched that of Jones.

Jones had a previous felony in Hennepin County and was prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition. 

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