Toddler shooting suspect’s past with police revealed

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CLEVELAND-- The suspect in Tuesday's shooting death of a 2-year-old boy is no stranger to police.

Derrice Alexander, 23, was released from parole seven months ago on a felonious assault charge, and on Tuesday, he was arrested for the shooting death of his son.

Alexander 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.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said during a press conference that felons carrying weapons is an ongoing problem.‎‎ "In this case the individual that is under investigation that we feel committed this offense has a felony conviction and should not have been in a possession of a weapon and this is something we see time and time again," Williams said.

Cleveland Municipal Court records show that Alexander was also arrested on domestic violence charges in May and September of 2013 but those charges were dismissed.

City Prosecutor Victor Perez said the cases were dismissed because they could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Police were not the only ones investigating Alexander.

Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services said investigators from that agency were called to the victim's home in May, following an altercation between the 2-year-old's mother and father.

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