A 41-year-old Southwest Baltimore man was charged yesterday with shooting his 13-year-old son in the neck on Monday in an incident that police initially thought had been committed by another youth.
James Warren Jr. of the first block of S. Franklintown Road was arrested yesterday at his house and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Police said the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.
The victim, Derrick Warren, who lives in Atlanta and was visiting his father for the summer, remained in critical condition at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a spokeswoman said.
Police said young Warren was found about 1:20 p.m. by his father's girlfriend at the bottom of a staircase. The girlfriend had told police that she saw a young male run from the house as she was about to enter.
But Agent Robert W. Weinhold Jr., a police spokesman, said yesterday that investigators don't believe her story.
"The original story given by the father's girlfriend was found to be inaccurate and untrue," Agent Weinhold said, adding that the story may have been made up to "cover up" the facts.