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Baltimore police identify 4-year-old who fatally shot himself

Baltimore prosecutors will investigate the weekend incident in which a 4-year-old boy shot and killed himself in Southwest Baltimore.

The child was identified by police Monday as Isaiah Deloatch. Police have said he died after shooting himself Saturday morning with a gun he found in his home in the 400 block of N. Athol Ave.

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Maryland law requires gun owners to secure loaded guns away from minors. Police released few details on the incident, and it is unclear who was in the home at the time of the shooting.

Police spokeswoman Detective Nicole Monroe said the shooting was ruled accidental, and it would be up to prosecutors to decide whether to file any charges.

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Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, said the office would work with police to look into the shooting, but declined to comment further, citing the pending investigation.

The boy's parents could not be reached for comment.

Isaiah attended Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle School, where he was in prekindergarten, said Baltimore schools spokeswoman Edie House Foster.

He was the son of Anne Arundel County police officer Levar Deloatch, a 10-year veteran, said Cpl. Jacklyn Davis, a spokeswoman for the county Police Department.

The gun involved was not a service weapon, according to Baltimore police.

The group Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence called the shooting a tragedy and said it underscored the need for caretakers to properly store and secure their firearms.

Jen Pauliukonis, the group's legislative director, said many families own a gun for self-defense, "but unless guns are stored properly, we cannot be sure that a child or teenager isn't going to gain access to it, in which case your family is not safe."

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