TEXAS CITY — The 31-year-old man accused of leaving his three young nephews alone last week in an apartment where one of the boys was accidentally shot in the face with a handgun by his 7-year-old cousin turned himself in Thursday.

Texas City police had an arrest warrant for Marcus Allen Garrett for abandoning/endangering a child, a second-degree felony, and manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.

Garrett walked into the Galveston County Jail and turned himself in, Texas City police Capt. Joe Stanton said.

The charges carry a combined bond of $550,000. A first-degree felony can be punished with five years to life in prison and a fine of no more than $10,000. A second-degree felony can be punished with up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Garrett is accused of leaving his nephews — ages 7, 8 and 9 — unattended at the Harbor Oaks complex, 8601 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, on Aug. 7, police said. That afternoon, the 7-year-old boy found a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in the apartment and accidentally shot his 8-year-old cousin.

Stanton said police would interview Garrett this morning.

Police have said the 8-year-old boy is expected to live, but directed questions about the child’s condition to the Memorial Hermann Medical Center in Houston. A spokeswoman for the hospital said Thursday she could not provide information on the child’s condition because of privacy laws.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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I am happy that the man did the right thing in turning himself in. Glad to hear the boy is recovering. So sad that it happened.


Praying for the entire family.

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