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Father charged in 2-year-old son’s murder

Father charged in 2-year-old son’s murder

Police say son was playing alone when he found a loaded firearm in the center console of his father’s car

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VISALIA – A Visalia father faces life in prison for his son’s murder even though he didn’t pull the trigger.

On Sept. 9, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against William Stallworth, 25, in the death of his two-year-old son. Stallworth is charged with one count of murder and one count of assault on a child causing death with the special allegation of willful harm or injury resulting in death.

Stallworth was arrested just before 6 p.m. on Sept. 5 after officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at his home in the 2400 block of W. Sweet St. Officers arrived on scene and found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The boy was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center where he later died from his injuries.

District Attorney Tim Ward said reports filed by the Visalia Police Department say the child was playing along in Stallworth’s vehicle when the toddler found a loaded firearm in the center console and the sustained a single gunshot to the head.  

“The circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation. Anyone with further information should contact the Visalia Police Department or the Office of the District Attorney,” said Ward. 

If convicted on all charges, Stallworth faces life in prison. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at the county pretrial facility where a future court date will be set.

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