A young girl has returned home from school, only to be shot to death by her own father.
It was the first day of school at Knox Doss Middle School in Drakes Creek for 11-year-old Timea Lashay Batts on Monday. She was already in sixth grade. Little did she know, however, that it would also be her last, after her father Timothy Batts decided to end her life.
Timea Batts – Dead At 11
Timothy claimed that his daughter “yelled and scared him” on Monday afternoon after she had come home from school. He had been asleep and woke up from the sound. He then went to his dresser to retrieve his gun and fired a shot at his young daughter. A convicted felon, Timothy shot Timea in the torso.
After shooting his daughter, Timothy told Hendersonville police that he had driven his daughter to the Hendersonville Medical Center. From here, she had to be transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
According to a report from The Tennessean, Timea died within two hours as a result of her injuries. Following Timea’s death, Sumner County Schools spokesperson Jeremy Johnson issued a statement saying, “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.”
Timothy Batts Denied Killing His Daughter At First
Earlier in the investigation, Timothy claimed that Timea had woken him up, saying she had been shot after getting off the school bus. When authorities arrived in their home, however, it was discovered that the shooting had taken place inside the Batts home.
Timothy later admitted that his earlier statement was not true. Moreover, he admitted to removing the gun he used to kill Timea from the crime scene and that “the gun was now in Nashville.”
Timothy is now being held at the Summer County Jail with a $1 million bond. He has been charged with reckless homicide, false reporting, possessing a firearm as a felon, and tampering with evidence. NewsChannel5 reported that a cousin of Timothy’s had created a GoFundMe page to try to raise his bail money. However, that page has since been taken down.