Sunday, September 1, 2013

Dad charged with felony murder in death of 18-month-old son; allegedly shot him with BB gun (Atlanta, Georgia)

Dad is identified as JESSE L. SELLERS.

Baby boy dies after dad shoots him with BB gun, Ga. police say

Posted: Aug 30, 2013 7:38 PM EDT Updated: Aug 30, 2013 7:38 PM EDT

By Associated Press

ATLANTA, GA - Atlanta police say a father has been charged with felony murder in the BB gun shooting death of his 18-month-old son.

Officer Kim Y. Jones says the boy's father, 23-year-old Jesse L. Sellers, was arrested Friday and also charged with cruelty to children.

Jones says police were called to an apartment complex in the morning on a report of a child shot in the chest. Police say the boy died at Grady Hospital.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sellers was being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail. The boy's uncle, Willie Dickerson, told the newspaper the shooting was an accident.

Police say they recovered a BB gun from inside the apartment.