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Ohio dad avoids prison in toddler's shooting

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 12:15 PM

MT. VERNON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man won't serve prison time after his 3-year-old son accidentally shot himself with a handgun the child found under a couch in their home.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that 25-year-old Joshua Heagren was convicted Feb. 5 of child-endangering and negligent homicide in the death of his son, Lucas, last May.

On Monday a judge sentenced Heagren to a suspended prison sentence of two years and put him on probation for two years.

Lucas died after shooting himself in the head with a .45-caliber handgun his father had placed under a couch in their home near Mt. Vernon, northeast of Columbus. Joshua Heagren said he put the gun there because he intended to go shooting, but he got distracted and didn't retrieve it.