24-year-old Edward Moses of Tununak has been charged in the shooting death of his 2-year-old son, Kyle Moses. Edward Moses was arrested Friday for first-degree murder. He was arraigned in Bethel Saturday and is being held on $500,000 bail.
Alaska State Troopers first responded to the village early Friday morning after receiving a report that a child had died. They found Moses barricaded in his house and negotiated with him for hours until he surrendered.
According to witnesses in court documents, Edward Moses shot his son, Kyle, late Thursday night. He later admitted to the shooting to troopers and said he did it because he was upset with the boy’s mother.
Late Thursday night, Moses entered the house of the boy’s mother and told everyone to leave the house except for his son and told everyone to leave their cell phones behind. He allegedly racked the shotgun and pointed it at one person he thought wasn’t moving fast enough.
He later allegedly called someone on the phone asking for the boy’s mother and said he would kill his child in 15 minutes if he didn’t talk to her. He called back and the person heard a gunshot over the phone.
Moses has a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 24 at the Bethel Court House.
Tununak is located on Nelson Island on the Bering Sea coast. There are about 325 residents there.