CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The dad suspected of shooting his own son appeared in a Cleveland courtroom Friday morning. Earl Wilson is accused of accidentally shooting his 4-year-old son on the city's east side Wednesday night. He pleaded not guilty in court.
The child was shot in the shoulder at a home on Bliss Avenue near East 66th Street at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, where police tell us the injuries do not appear life-threatening. He's listed in stable condition.
The judge placed the father of five on a $10,000 bond for charges of endangering children and weapons. He also ordered no contact with his wife and children.
Police say Wilson first told them the child was shot in a drive-by, then indicated a 5-year-old accidentally fired the shot.
Investigators determined that the shot was fired inside the home and Wilson may have accidentally shot the 4-year old.
Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson were also at the scene.
Mayor Jackson said that this latest incident highlights the need for more responsible gun ownership.
Four other kids inside the home at the time of the shooting are now with Children and Family Services.