An Indiana couple is facing charges following a fatal shooting involving their young children.
Charges Filed in Fatal Shooting Incident
Deonta Jermaine Johnson, 27, and Shatia Tiara Welch, 24, have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of their 1-year-old son, Isiah Johnson, who was killed by his 5-year-old brother through fatal shooting earlier this year. The incident, classified as a fatal shooting, occurred at the family’s apartment on Westchester Lane in Lafayette. According to court records reviewed by Law&Crime, each parent is facing multiple charges related to the fatal shooting tragedy. The charges include one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, two counts of neglect resulting in endangerment, and one count each of neglect resulting in bodily injury. Additionally, charges of conspiracy to commit dealing a narcotic drug, dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic, conspiracy to commit dealing marijuana, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and obstructing justice have been levied against Johnson.
Parents Arrested Following Fatal Shooting of Toddler
The fatal shooting incident unfolded on March 28, when the 5-year-old brother found a gun inside the family’s apartment and accidentally shot his 1-year-old sibling in the head. Toxicology reports revealed that the toddler had tested positive for marijuana, while his older brother had traces of cocaine in his system. The parents were arrested after a traffic stop by the Lafayette Police Department, with Johnson initially denying any knowledge of a gun in the apartment. However, subsequent investigations led to the discovery of a firearm, drugs, and a set of keys to a vehicle in the apartment. The tragic fatal shooting has left the community in grief and raised questions about child safety and responsible firearm ownership. Both Johnson and Welch appeared in court and are scheduled for separate trials. As the legal proceedings for the fatal shooting unfold, the community continues to grapple with the devastating loss of a young life and seeks answers to prevent such heartrending incidents from recurring in the future.