Jesse Sellers (Courtesy of Atlanta Police Department)
Jesstin Sellers (Photo courtesy Willie Dickerson)
ATLANTA -- The father of the 18-month-old child shot and killed by a BB gun in an Atlanta apartment complex was charged with murder on Friday afternoon.
According to Atlanta Police, the child's father, 23-year-old Jesse Sellers fired the shot on accident. Sellers will be charged with 2nd degree cruelty to children and felony murder.
11Alive's Jeremy Campbell spoke to neighbors at the Boynton Village Apartments. They said the baby, Jesstin Sellers was trembling when the ambulance arrived shortly after.
Dickerson told 11Alive's Matt Pearl that Sellers was trying to scare his young son with the BB rifle, and did not realize it was loaded. The father usually kept the gun stored away.
PHOTOS | Scene of where infant was shot and killed by BB gun
The baby's mother and father live in the apartment home. They have several children ages, 2, 3 and 5. The 18 month old was their youngest, witnesses said.
Neighbors learned of the accident when the parents ran out of the home crying.
Shortly after the incident, Lt. Paul Guerrucci of the Atlanta Police Department gave a briefing on the tragedy. He said officers responded to the apartments around 9:15 a.m.
When officers arrived, Guerrucci said they found the 18 month old with an injury to its chest. The infant was taken to Grady Hospital where he died.
According to neighbors, the mother left in the ambulance with the child. They said she tried to give him CPR.
According to Dickerson, the family is close and spends time together every day.
Guerrucci said a BB rifle was found inside the home. Three adults, along with the other three children were at home when the child was shot, but he believes the children did not see the shooting happen.
Officers are talking to the baby's father, and are continuing to investigate to find out exactly what happened. Guerrucci would not released details of that conversation. Sellers was taken in for questioning.
A DEFACS crew has joined the investigation efforts.