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Man Accidentally Shot And Killed 7-Year-Old Son, Police Say

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A man was arrested this morning after authorities say he accidentally shot and killed his 7-year-old son.

Julio Cervantes, Sr., 40, was arrested this morning at about 3:30 a.m. home on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, KTLA reports. Authorities responded yesterday to Cervantes' home in the 18000 block of Bellflower St. at about 4:54 p.m. after reports of an accidental shooting. There, they found Cervantes' 7-year-old son Daniel had been shot. The boy was taken to the Victor Valley Global Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:59 p.m.

Officials with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department initially thought the boy had shot himself, but eventually determined he was shot by Cervantes, according to The Press Enterprise. They have also concluded that the shooting was accidental.

"Ultimately, the death of the child has to be accounted for…that he's been arrested for involuntary manslaughter doesn't mean he's going to be charged with it," Adam Cervantez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department told KTLA. Whether or not that charge will be filed is up to the District Attorney's office.