PHILADELPHIA, PA. (THECOUNT) — Edward Williams has been identified as the father who claimed his 4-year-old son was fatally shot in a home invasion robbery on Thursday. Police have since said Edwards made the story up.

Williams, 28, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after police determined that the boy apparently shot himself with a gun he found in the Philadelphia home.


Williams is also charged with child endangerment and numerous other counts. His bail was set at $2 million, and it’s unknown if he’s retained an attorney, reports TV2.

The officers were met by the boy’s father, who was on the ground floor and holding another child. The wounded boy was found in an upstairs room, but he was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a hospital, reported ASNN.

Williams told police he and the children were in the house when robbers invaded their home.

In fact, authorities say, Williams was apparently sleeping when the shooting occurred, and it’s believed the child found the gun in a bedroom closet.

Edwards’ wife was apparently at work when the deadly incident occurred.


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