CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A 4-year-old boy remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head Tuesday morning in Cranston.
The boy’s father, 33-year-old Michael A. Jones, was later arrested on a felony assault charge. Cranston police allege he accidentally fired a 9mm handgun and the bullet went through the wall.
Police said when they arrived at the Queen Street home around 10:15 a.m., they found Jones holding his son in his arms. The boy was rushed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.
“We’re praying and hoping the child makes it. Our thoughts are with the family at this time, and the child,” Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said.
Jones was taken in for questioning before he was charged. In addition to felony assault, he’s charged with firing in a compact area and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
Police said that by having the gun, Jones violated the terms of the two-year suspended sentence he received for a felony assault conviction in June 2022. Police are unsure how he got the firearm, which they said was recovered from the home during a court-authorized search.