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Man charged in 2-year-old son’s shooting death

(Derrice Alexander, 23)

CLEVELAND — Police have charged a 23-year-old father with aggravated murder in connection with the shooting death of his 2-year-old son.

The charges against Derrice Alexander, 23, were filed Wednesday in Cleveland Municipal Court.  Alexander is expected to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The shooting happened before 6 a.m. Tuesday at CMHA housing located at West 28th and Division in Cleveland.  Alexander was allegedly arguing with the victim’s mother.

Investigators said he stormed out of the home but turned back and fired one shot at the apartment.

The bullet struck Derrice Alexander Jr. inside. The child was taken to Lutheran Hospital but could not be saved.

Alexander was released from parole seven months ago on a felonious assault charge.

He was arrested on that felonious assault charge in 2011 and sent to prison for two years. He was granted shock probation in 2012 and placed on probation until November.

With the felony conviction,‎ he should not have been carrying a gun.

His record also includes domestic violence arrests, but those charges were dismissed.

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services said investigators from that agency were called to the victim’s home in May.

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