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Judge denies bond for father jailed after 4-year-old son fatally shoots himself

Justin Foss, Sr appears in a video court session with Judge Shepard (Source: WFXG) Justin Foss, Sr appears in a video court session with Judge Shepard (Source: WFXG)
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) -

As a shackled Justin Foss, Sr. sauntered into Judge Shepard's video court session, the weight of Saturday's events hung over him like a cloud.

"My family...to my little boy just got taken," Foss tearfully told the Richmond County Judge. 

According to the report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, around 10:49 Saturday morning, 4-year-old Justin Foss, Jr. found one of his parents' guns that was hidden under the couch of his home at Millbrook Pointe Apartments. He accidentally shot himself in the head with that Smith and Wesson, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's case report. 

Foss was arrested that same day and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Monday for his first court appearance, he declined representation services of a public defender. Instead, choosing to represent himself. 

"In your history, I'll tell you this. Have a prior cycle in Georgia and 3 cycles in South Carolina," Judge Shepard told Foss. 

The judge brought up the emotional father's troubled past, mentioning an armed robbery that happened in 2015.

Additionally, Foss and a teen he met on Facebook held her family hostage for hours, according to a 2012 incident report from the Greer, South Carolina Police department. Victims told the officer Foss stabbed the teen's step-father and took their phones so they couldn't call for help. According to court records, several charges, in that case, were dismissed but he took a plea deal for attempted murder. 

Through it all, it seemed he was turning his life around.

"I'm actually in school for the IT program right now but I have a year and something under Augusta Technical College," Foss told Judge Shepard. 

Taking his criminal record into consideration, the judge said he had no other choice but to deny bond.

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