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11-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Parent's Bedroom, Cedar Hill Police Investigating

Parents Of Cedar Hill Child Who Accidentally Shot, Killed Himself Say Gun Was 'Locked In Closet On Very High Shelf'

CEDAR HILL, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Cedar Hill police are investigating after an 11-year-old boy was found dead in his parent's bedroom Saturday night.

Around 7:45 p.m. Nov. 2, police responded to a shooting call on the 900 block of S. Highland Drive. When officers arrived, the boy's grandfather said the victim was upstairs playing video games when he heard a noise upstairs. When he went upstairs to check on him, he found the 11-year-old — identified as Daron Sneed Jr. — on the floor next to a gun.

Daron Sneed Jr.
Daron Sneed Jr.

Another child, 8, was also at the home during the incident.

The parents — who were at an event Saturday night — told CBS 11's Caroline Vandergriff that the gun found next to Sneed was locked up and stored way up high in a closet, and they have no idea how he got to it.

Sneed was a 6th grader at Permenter Middle School, where his parents said he was on the student council and played saxophone in the band. He was described as "incredibly smart" and had a love for boxing.

Daron Sneed Jr.
Daron Sneed Jr.

This is an ongoing investigation.


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