Charges were filed Wednesday against the 17-year-old uncle accused of accidentally shooting a 2-month-old baby in Minneapolis earlier this month.
James Early was charged in juvenile court with reckless discharge of a firearm. Prosecutors have filed a petition to certify him as an adult.
Announcing the charges Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman called the shooting "unnecessary, ludicrous and irresponsible."
"This 2-month-old deserved better, particularly from his uncle," Freeman said.
According to the charges, Early brought the loaded gun to his brother's house on Emerson Avenue North the night of Sept. 5. The brother took the .38-caliber gun away and removed the bullets, but when the 17-year-old took the gun back, he snapped the gun shut and accidentally fired the weapon.
"What is a 17-year-old -- or anyone -- doing running around with a gun in front of a 2-month-old?" Freeman asked.
The baby's father initially told police he was outside, holding his son in his arms, at the time of the shooting, but detectives later learned the shooting occurred inside the house.
The baby, named Isaac, remains in critical condition. The bullet is still lodged in the child's neck because doctors say it's simply too dangerous to remove it.
Early left the house before police arrived that night, writing a message on his Facebook page that read, "I'm sorry all my love[sic] ones accidents do happen but ima be a man about mines period love y'all."