Parents charged after 4-year-old killed in accidental shooting

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) - New charges filed in the death of a 4-year-old over the weekend.

Justin Foss Jr. was killed when investigators say he shot himself with a gun he found.

The child's father, Justin Foss Sr. is now facing four changes: Murder, 2nd Degree Murder, Cruelty to Children and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Shelby Foss, the child's mother, is charged with 2nd degree Murder and Cruelty to Children.

Both Shelby and Justin Foss Sr. are in the Richmond County Jail.

(Monday July 9th)

The autopsy on a 4-year-old who died after being shot over the weekend is now complete.

The deputy coroner says the cause and manner of death for 4-year-old Justin Foss Junior will not be officially released until toxicology tests are done and the investigation is complete.

Authorities say the child got a hold of a gun on a Saturday morning and accidentally shot himself.

His father Justin Foss, Senior is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

(Saturday July 7th)

The father of an Augusta toddler, killed in an accidental shooting, is now in jail.

27-year-old Justin Foss, Sr. is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Just before 11 am on Saturday, Richmond County deputies responded to a call about a shooting on the 3100 block of Skinner Mill Road in Augusta.

When they arrived they found 4-year-old Justin Foss, Junior had been shot. 

The child was rushed to the hospital where he died shortly after. 

Investigators determined that the child grabbed the gun which was unsecured and accidentally shot himself. The investigation is still ongoing and the Sheriff's office will be meeting with the District Attorney to determine if any other charges will be filed.

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