Minnesota man talks about fatal shooting of 2-year-old son

Published On: Dec 07 2012 07:35:33 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 07:35:00 AM CST
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

A grieving Minneapolis father says he thought he had adequately hidden the loaded handgun that killed his two-year-old son.

Kao Xiong placed the gun under a pillow next to the headboard in his upstairs bedroom. Xiong's 2- and 4-year-old sons were rolling around on the bed Wednesday when the older boy discovered the weapon and it discharged, striking the younger child.

Xiong tells the Star Tribune his "heart is broken" over his son's death. He says he purchased the gun for "personal protection" and left it loaded because he sometimes carried it with him.

Now prosecutors must decide whether charges are warranted in the case. Child protection workers temporarily removed three other children from the family's town house.