1-year-old child shot with BB gun dies, father charged - CBS46 News

1-year-old child shot with BB gun dies, father charged

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

An 18-month-old toddler was killed after being shot in the chest with a BB rifle on Friday morning. The child's father was charged.

On Friday night, a vigil was held to remember the toddler.

Atlanta police said the toddler's mother called 911 just after 9 a.m. to report her child was shot.

The shooting happened at the Boynton Village Apartments located in the 1000 block of Hank Aaron Drive. After the shooting, the child was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

The child's uncle Willie Dickerson, told CBS Atlanta News the toddler's name was Jesstin Sellers and the child's father's name is Jesse Sellers.

According to police, three adults and three other children were inside of the home at the time of the shooting.

Dickerson said Jesse Sellers, 23, was playing with a BB rifle, trying to scare his son, when he pulled the trigger.

Dickerson told CBS Atlanta News Jesse Sellers didn't realize the gun was loaded and that he said it was an accident. He said the child's grandmother performed CPR on the toddler.

Renee Holmes is the child's mother's cousin. She said Jesstin was the youngest of four children, and his mother was not doing well coping with his death. Holmes had this to say about Jesse Sellers, "They were deeply in love. He's torn. He's broken by this. Jesse is really a good father."

Police said they are waiting for a report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner to determine the child's exact cause of death.

Detectives said they recovered a BB rifle from the scene.

Jesse Sellers is facing charges of second degree cruelty to children and felony murder. Sellers was in court Saturday morning but waived his first appearance.

The Division of Family Child Services is determining what to do with the other children.

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