33-year-old Kao Xiong, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, will stand trial in May for second-degree manslaughter and child endangerment in the unintentional killing of his son, 2-year-old Neegnco.
Neegnco was shot and killed in December when his 4-year-old brother found a loaded, unlocked handgun stashed between the mattress and the headboard in their parents' bedroom. Xiong told a newspaper that he had bought the gun for safety after a series of break-ins in the neighborhood and thought the gun was adequately hidden in the room.
Police removed seven other guns from the home. Xiong, a vocational rehabilitation counselor, had a concealed weapons permit for the gun.
Xiong's attorney regrets that an agreement to settle the case was not reached and said the decision to go to trial was "the result of very deep discussions over a lengthy period of time."