(CBS4) – A father is being charged after his 3-year-old was shot and killed over the summer in Commerce City. Jose Rodriguez is now charged with child abuse resulting in death and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Jose Manuel Rodriguez (credit: 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office)

The shooting happened on July 16 at a home on Jasmine Drive. The child was home alone with two other children but those other kids weren’t hurt.

(credit: CBS)

Police haven’t said yet who fired the weapon.

Rodriguez is being held on a $20,000 bond.

Jesse Sarles

Comments (2)
  1. Mary says:

    Not sorry at all for this guy.

    First, he wasn’t supposed to have the firearm – and second, he left it LOADED where one of the children could find it. Add in that it appears that no adult was supervising the 3 children and you have a recipe for disaster (and Colorado is one of MANY states that does NOT have a “minimum age” when a child can be left at home alone – although there is a recommendation that a child be at least 10-12).

    I always thought one of my brothers went “over the top” when his sons started toddling and climbing when he put his UNLOADED handgun in a lock box kept on a shelf in one bedroom with the firing pin AND bullets in another lock box on a shelf in another bedroom, but maybe not.

  2. Robert Gift says:

    Where was the mother?
    Where was the gun found by the children?

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