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Police charge Ohio dad in son's death

  HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Police say a southwest Ohio father has been charged with negligent homicide after his 5-year-old boy fatally shot himself.

Hamilton city police spokesman Rich Burkhardt says 35-year-old David Nesbitt is expected to turn himself in to face the first-degree misdemeanor count. A phone number for Nesbitt couldn't be found Friday.

Authorities said Zachariah Nesbitt found a handgun in the family's apartment and shot himself in the chest July 18. Police say Nesbitt had a concealed carry permit for the gun, but it was left loaded in a closet.

Burkhardt says the case will go to municipal court. He says Nesbitt has no criminal record, and would face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted.

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