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Father of slain 11-year-old Hendersonville girl says he accidentally shot daughter

According to the arrest affidavit for Timothy Batts, Batts says he accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter Timea on Monday after she "yelled and scared him" while he was sleeping. PHOTO: Timothy Batts-Sumner County Jail

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.--According to the arrest affidavit for Timothy Batts, Batts says he accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter Timea after she "yelled and scared him" while he was sleeping.

Batts told police he was sleeping at the time Timea came home from her first day of school. Batts said he woke up after hearing a sound and grabbed a gun from underneath his dresser. When his daughter yelled and scared him, he fired a shot which struck the child.


The affidavit states he removed the gun from the scene after the shooting.

The statements contradict what police were originally told by Batts, who stated Timea had arrived home from school and told him she had been shot after getting off the bus. Batts later admitted he had lied and told police what allegedly is the truth. Batts added the gun "was now in Nashville."

Batts, who is a convicted felon, was not supposed to be in possession of a weapon. He told police he had a previous charge for possession with intent for resale of cocaine. He is now facing charges of Reckless Homicide, Tampering With Evidence, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Tampering With Evidence. He is being held on $1 million bond at the Sumner County Jail.

The shooting shocked the local community on a day when Sumner County students had returned to school. Resident Jerrie Lockridge shared her family's grief after hearing the news. Her daughters were friends with Timea who she says was "amazing." " She was beautiful, she was fun, she was always up-tempo, up-beat, always wanted to do fun stuff. She was just always loving, caring," says Lockridge. See her interview below or CLICK HERE.


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