Father Charged in Non-Fatal Shooting of Two-Year-Old Son

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Johntauris Dupree Barber, aka Jontaruis Dupree Barber, 24 (DOB: 01/14/1994), of Detroit, in connection with the non-fatal shooting of his son. On August 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the family home located in the 12600 block of Laing, Barber, his wife and another man were in the house when Barber heard a loud bang in the living room area. When he ran into the living room, he found his two-year-old son was bleeding from the right side of his body. It is alleged that the defendant failed to properly secure his handgun, and placed it underneath a living room couch where the child was able to find it and shoot himself. Barber ran to a nearby house and a neighbor transported the child, Barber and the child's mother to a local hospital for treatment. Police were dispatched to the home to investigate and discovered the handgun and suspected marijuana. It is further alleged Barber possessed the marijuana that was found in the home.

Barber has been charged with Child Abuse 2, Felony Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana.* He was arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for August 23, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for August 28, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge William McConico in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $50,000 cash/surety bond.

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