Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged James Curtis Hill Jr., 53, (DOB: 10/26/1967), of Detroit, in connection with the non-fatal shooting of his five-year-old son.

On August 26, 2021, at approximately 1:40 p.m., in the 12970 block of Pelkey Street in Detroit, it is alleged that Mr. Hill has his unsecured handgun in a place where his five-year-old son discovered it in the family home. The boy picked up the gun and shot himself in the right side of his head. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment for his injuries.

James Curtis Hill has been charged with two counts of Second-Degree Child Abuse, one count of Felon in Possession, two counts of Felony Firearm, one count of Possession of Cocaine, and one count of Possession of Heroin. *

He was arraigned today in 36th District Court and given a $25,000 bond. He was also ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness. If the defendant is released on bond, he must wear a GPS tether. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 22, 2021 at 1:35 p.m. in 36th District Court. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.