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NJ Father Charged in 4-Year-Old Son’s Accidental Shooting Death

Investigators allege the 31-year-old was asleep in a bedroom with a loaded .9mm handgun next to him when his young son took the weapon and went into another room and accidentally shot himself

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A New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son fatally shot himself by accident this month was charged Wednesday with child endangerment and a weapons offense.

The Burlington County prosecutor's office announced the charges against Andrew Mack of Pemberton Township.

First responders found 4-year-old Lincoln Mack at the family's house on Feb. 7. Investigators allege 31-year-old Andrew Mack was asleep in a bedroom with a loaded .9mm handgun next to him when his son took the weapon and went into another room.

Both parents and two siblings were in the house at the time of the shooting, according to the prosecutor's office.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the Mack family and all of those who loved Lincoln, however, the defendant must be held accountable for not securing his firearm," Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a statement.

Andrew Mack was taken into custody Wednesday and is scheduled for an initial court appearance Thursday. An attorney representing Mack didn't immediately return a message left at his office Wednesday.

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