August 31, 2013

Authorities: Toddler dies in BB gun shooting

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Atlanta police say a father has been charged with felony murder after his 18-month-old boy was shot with a BB gun and later died of his injuries.

Officer Kim Y. Jones says the boy’s father, 23-year-old Jesse L. Sellers, was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony murder and cruelty to children. Jones says police were called to an apartment complex Friday morning after receiving a report of a child shot in the chest. Police say the boy was taken to Grady Hospital and later died.

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.