Crime

Homicide Charge For Father In 11-Year-Old Girl's Death

| by Jonathan Constante
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A Tennessee man has been charged with reckless homicide in the death of his 11-year-old daughter.

Timea Batts was coming home from Knox Doss Middle School in Hendersonville on Aug. 8 when the incident occurred, WKRN reported. Police received a call from TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center informing them the girl had been shot.

Timea was taken to the hospital by her father, Timothy Batts, 29. The 11-year-old was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.

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Witnesses originally told officers Timea got off the school bus before 4 p.m., went inside her house and told her father she had been shot. It was believed the girl was shot some time between getting off the bus and walking into her home.

After obtaining search warrants, police later said Timea was shot inside the home, WSMV reported. Batts was then arrested.

Knox Doss Middle School issued the following statement:

Our entire school district is grieved to learn of the tragic loss of one of our sixth grade students, Timea Lashay Batts. Timea was a bright and kind girl who was well loved by her classmates and teachers.

It is our understanding from communicating with authorities that today's tragic event in Hendersonville was not school related. The incident did not occur on the bus or at the bus stop. We have no reason to believe that there is any threat to student safety on any of our school campuses due to this tragic event.

Batts is currently facing charges of reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and felon in possession of a firearm.

Sources: WKRN, WSMV / Photo credit: Sumner County Sheriff's Office via WSMV

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