Imprisoned father of Oakland boy shot pleading for Gov. Newsom to let him see son

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) — A father’s desperate plea to see his 4-year-old son was on display in Sacramento Monday, where his family left the state capital in tears after taking their request to the governor’s office.

Navaun Jackson, 4, is still on life support after accidentally shooting himself in the head last week in Oakland.

The boy’s father, Nathan Jackson, has been incarcerated all of Navaun’s life, and he told KRON4 he wants at least this opportunity to be able to not just see, but hold his son.

“Now his 4-year-old son is clinging in the balance for his life, irregardless of what for Nathan’s incarcerated, he deserves to be by his son’s side,” said Jamilia Land, the aunt of the young child.

An emotional plea from Land, who’s calling on Gov. Newsom to grant prison furlough to the father of Navaun Jackson.

“If my son doesn’t survive what has happened to him, this is something I will regret,” said Nathan Jackson. “Something that will scar me for the rest of my life, so I’m asking and on begging knees, asking please, grant me the opportunity to be by my son’s bedside.”

The family wants the request to be granted immediately as they say Navaun will soon be weaned off of some life support medication.

The 4-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head last week with an improperly stored gun.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections said in part:

“It’s thoroughly reviewing the circumstances of this very unfortunate situation.” she said “we are looking at all the case factors to ensure they meet CDRC’s policy.”

Meanwhile, the governor left the state Monday and is not yet commenting on the request.

“In the capacity as governor please have compassion and grant him mercy and have him transported to his son’s bedside because we don’t know if he’ll live or die,” Land said.

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