A father shot his 18-month old son point-blank in the baby's chest using a BB gun, according to police officials in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday. The boy died and his father was charged with murder, police told reporters.
The child's 23-year-old father, Jesstin "Jesse" Sellers claimed he was merely playing with the BB gun when it accidentally fired one round into his son, according to Fox News' Atlanta-affiliate.
Police officials charged Sellers with second-degree cruelty to children and felony murder. In addition, he is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Fulton County, Va., Sheriff's Office.
A charge of felony murder as defined in criminal statutes is the result of any death occurring during the commission of a felony and is treated as first-degree murder.
According to attorney Michael Baker, all participants in that felony or attempted felony can be charged with and found guilty of murder in the first-degree unless otherwise stipulated in a state's Penal Code.
At least six people, including three other children, were in the home at the time of the killing.
Witnesses reported to police that they observed the child's father running out of his apartment screaming for help. He wait for the arrival of an ambulance and brought the paramedics to the toddler, who appeared to be alive.
However, police investigators reported that the child was taken to Grady Hospital and died a short time later.
Sellers is described as being a black male, ''6" tall, 145 lbs., according to booking records.
A police spokesperson announced to reporters that Sellers is being held without bail in the Fulton County, Ga., detention center, and that detectives will continue their investigation of the alleged murder of the toddler.