A four-year-old child was accidentally shot in the face by a sibling on Kelley Street in LaGrange. Now police have issued arrest warrants for the gun owner after he fled the scene, taking the gun with him.
Monday afternoon about 2:12 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the 900 block of Kelley Street in reference to reports that a little girl had had been shot in the face.
While en route to that location, police were advised that the victim, a four-year-old child, was at the Speedy Serve convenience store on Whitesville Street.
The child was immediately transported to a Columbus area hospital for treatment and later transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital in Atlanta.
It was later determined that the four-year-old had been accidentally shot in the face while at the Kelley Street residence. Police say the subsequent investigation revealed that Leemarkese Deangelo Melson left a loaded handgun within the reach of children at the location when the accidental shooting occurred.
Police believe that the victim’s six-year-old sibling located the weapon and was playing with it, when it fired and struck the four-year-old in the face. Melson then left the scene, fleeing with the firearm.
According to police, Melson, age 28, is a convicted felon and he was already wanted for Failure to Appear and two counts of Probation Violation.
Additional warrants have since been issued for Melson’s arrest for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Second Degree Cruelty to Children, and Tampering with Evidence.
As of last report, the child is listed in critical, but stable condition.
This incident is still under active investigation by the LaGrange Police Department Criminal Investigation Section.
Police are asking that anyone with additional information on this incident or the whereabouts of Melson, to please call 911 or contact the LaGrange Police Department at 706-883-2603. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Troup County Crime Stoppers at 706-812-1000. Tips can also be submitted through the LaGrange Police Department’s Facebook page.
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