Rochester father pleads guilty to weapons charge in toddler's shooting death

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - The father charged in the shooting death of his two-year-old son on Walnut Street last year has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.

Prosecutors say Charles Phillips admitted to a weapons charge related to the case.

In October, family members told WROC-TV that two-year-old Zayden Phillips was accidentally shot in the head at their home on Walnut Street.

Investigators said it appeared Charles Phillips left the weapon in a room and Zayden picked the gun up and pulled the trigger.

Following the shooting, Charles Phillips was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said Phillips was not allowed to possess a weapon due to a previous attempted robbery charge.

After the shooting, Zayden was rushed to the hospital and was placed on life support, but later died of his injuries.

Charles Phillips will serve 12 years in prison and five years post release supervision, prosecutors say.


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