Dad whose toddler son shot himself charged with endangerment

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A man has been charged after his 2-year-old son shot himself in the chest and neck at a suburban hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.

Polk County District Court records say 29-year-old Jonathan Hauser, of Council Bluffs, is charged with felony child endangerment causing injury. The records don't list the name of an attorney who can comment for him.

He is due in court on September 4.

The shooting occurred on August 19 at the Sterling Inn in Clive. Officers say the toddler fired the .45-caliber handgun that his father had left on a bed. The bullet passed through the boy's chest and neck.

Police Chief Michael Venema says the boy left the hospital on August 20.

Venema also said on Monday that the boy's mother was in the hotel room during the incident but won't be charged.

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