Judge issues $3M bond for man charged in shooting death of toddler son

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CLEVELAND — A man accused of the shooting death of his 2-year-old son made his first court appearance Thursday.

Derrice Alexander, 23, faces a charge of aggravated murder in the death of Derrice Alexander Jr.

In court, Alexander kept his head down the entire time. The public defender requested that he be sent to medical.

Alexander was issued $3 million bond. He was also ordered to have no contact with his son's mother.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 20.

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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