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Father faces federal firearm charges after 3-year-old shot in head in September

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 15:46:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A man is facing federal firearm charges after his 3-year-old son was shot in the head in September, announced U.S. attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Police say Kedrick Ross, 27, who is a convicted felon, was in possession of three stolen firearms, as well as illegal drugs, including marijuana, Xanax, methamphetamine and ecstasy. They also say he had items for packaging and selling drugs.

Ross was arrested Wednesday by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Metro Nashville Police's (MNPD) Youth Services Division detectives. The arrest was made after Ross appeared in criminal court in Davidson County on other charges.

These charges follow an investigation that began September 9 , after Ross's son was shot in Nashville. Ross, his girlfriend and son had stayed at a relative's house the night before. They found the 3-year-old the next day after they heard the bang of the gunshot.

After the child was transported to the hospital, police say Ross put the gun in a purse and put it in a car that was parked in the driveway.

Police have not said whether the gunshot was self-inflicted.

Police say Ross was currently facing charges for drug possession and distribution charges, and for possessing a stolen Glock .40 caliber handgun. He was currently out on bond. Before he was arrested, officers saw Ross conducting a drug sale on Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

The gun was reported stolen in September 2018 from a parked vehicle in Ashland City, and has been linked to two shootings since then, including an aggravated assault in Madison in November 2018.

Ross was also arrested in May this year, after MNPD officers saw a vehicle illegally parked in a handicap parking spot. As the officers approached the vehicle, Ross got out and ran away on foot. After he was caught, two loaded Glock handguns were found in his vehicle, in addition to several drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Ross has previously been convicted for felonies in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The charges he now faces comprise two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime. If convicted of these charges, he faces a minimum of 10 years and possibly life in prison.

This story was originally published by WTVF.