Parents Charged in Toddler's Shooting Death Involving 5-Year-Old

Parents Charged in Toddler’s Shooting Death Involving 5-Year-Old

LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Earlier this year, the parents of a toddler who tragically lost his life to a shooting by his 5-year-old brother are now facing charges related to the incident. On March 28, a 16-month-old toddler was fatally shot at home in the afternoon.

New evidence has emerged, indicating that the 5-year-old who fired the fatal shot had cocaine in his system. Shockingly, the toddler also had marijuana in his system.

At the time of the shooting, the child’s father was present in the apartment. He claimed to have been sleeping on the couch when he was awakened by a loud noise. Upon investigating, he found his son injured in the bedroom.

Deonta Johnson, 27, and Shatia Welch, 24, have been arrested this week and are now facing multiple charges.

According to court documents, the charges against the parents include neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug, and possession of a narcotic drug.

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