GLADSTONE — A local man was charged with second-degree murder and felony endangering the welfare of a child after a 2-year-old boy in his care found a handgun and shot himself.

Christopher Ray Ellis, 30, was indicted by a Clay County grand jury on the charges this month. Bond is set at $250,000.

According to police and court documents, upon responding to the scene Sept. 24, officers found a child with a gunshot wound. The child was rushed to an area hospital by emergency personnel but was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The indictment alleges Ellis failed to properly secure a handgun and failed to properly supervise that child.

According to court documents, during his arraignment in Clay County Circuit Court Friday, Jan. 31, Ellis pleaded not guilty.

As of Friday, Ellis remains in Clay County Detention Center in Liberty in lieu of bond.

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