Dad RONALD BOHANNON said that "somebody" shot his 16-month-old son to death while they were out taking a walk (a 4-year-old son had come along too). But there were some problems: police couldn't find a shell casing, but they did find a handgun in a nearby wooded area. Dad has now been arrested on charges of reckless homicide.
According to the article immediately following the one below, the mother says that she and her husband were in the process of getting a divorce (reasons were unspecified, but do you want to bet that domestic violence/abuse played a role?). Nevertheless, even the mother is shocked that the father of this child could do such a thing.
Another article (not posted here) states that the mother lived in Terre Haute, Indiana and that the children were visiting the father in Midland at the time of the shooting.
Father arrested in connection with toddler's death
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 08:23 AM CDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2009 09:46 AM CDT
Midland - An arrest has been made in the death of a Greene County toddler.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Ronald Bohannon early Thursday morning in connection with the shooting death of his 16-month-old son Travis Bohannon.
The boy was shot Sunday when his father was taking the child and his 4-year-old brother on a walk.
When officers made the arrest, Ronald Bohannon of Midland was already in custody. On Tuesday Bohannon was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Vigo County that was not related to this case.
Bohannon is now being held on initial charges, including reckless homicide, obstruction of justice, false informing and several weapons charges.
His bond has been set at $34,000 and he is being held in the Greene County Jail.
Mother of toddler killed in Greene County speaks out
Posted: Aug 20, 2009 06:51 AM CDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2009 09:41 AM CDT
Midland - The mother of a 16-month-old who was shot to death while on a walk with his father is speaking out.
The shooting happened Sunday night in Midland in Greene county.
Ronald Bohannon told police a bullet hit his son, Travis Bohannon, as he pushed him in a stroller. Police arrested Bohannon Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting.
The boy's mother was not there, but got the devastating call. "I screamed so loud the neighbors across the street heard me," said Jamie Bohannon.
That night, investigators searched the area for hours, but found no shell casings. Prosecutors say on Wednesday morning, a handgun was found in a wooded area near the site.T
he coroner has ruled the death a homicide and investigators say the shooting was not a stray bullet, but would not give anymore details. The boy's mother, who is in the process of divorcing the baby's father, says her husband would not hurt the child.
"No, no, never. He would never hurt his boys intentionally, " Jamie Bohannon said. "My baby died, right now, in a tragic accident, that's all we know that it was accidentally. My son was accidentally shot."
Police in Vigo County arrested the toddler's father on a warrant for unrelated charges.The funeral for Travis Bohannon is set for Friday.