Authorities in Georgia said a 35-year-old man allegedly shot and killed his 4-year-old son and also injured the minor’s mother. According to FOX 5 Atlanta, the suspect, identified as Jacquese Antwan Walker, was arrested in connection with the incident on Tuesday.
Authorities said the incident occurred at the Liberty Commons Apartments on the 3300 block of North Lumpkin Road. The deceased minor was identified as 4-year-old Jacquese Walker, Jr., and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The minor’s mother had also sustained several gunshot wounds when she was found.
She was ultimately transported to the hospital, and her condition was listed as critical later on Tuesday. Walker faces a slew of charges including murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
In related news, a New Hampshire man was charged with murder after he allegedly beat and scorched his son as a form of discipline, leading to his death.
According to NBC Boston, Murtadah Mohammad was arrested on January 17 after emergency crews went to a Manchester apartment after receiving a report of a minor in distress. The minor, later identified as Jaevion Riley, was found severely burned and assaulted. He later succumbed to his injuries after he was taken to a hospital.
Prosecutors alleged that Mohammad “caused the death of J.R., a person under 13 years of age, recklessly under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of his life, by subjecting him to abusive violence and not obtaining timely medical assistance for his injuries.”
In the wake of the incident, Mohammad initially told police he did not witness what occurred as he was in the shower at the time his son got injured. However, first responders established nothing showed someone had just used the shower, and his statement also had inconsistencies, per NBC Boston. An arrest affidavit stated that the suspect ultimately informed police that he had disciplined his son by using force and hot water.