COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus woman appeared in court Friday after police say her 5-year-old son shot her 19-month-old infant.
Dakina Fortson, 20, originally told police her baby was shot in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Columbus police detective Jason Brown says through their investigation police discovered several guns in Fortson’s Elizabeth Canty apartment along with other evidence that contradicted Fortson's claims.
“We found bullet holes in the walls but it look like she has moved furniture, or somebody had moved some furniture to try to cover up the scene," Brown said.
Brown says they gathered the evidence and presented it to Fortson, giving her an opportunity to come clean.
In addition to the .357 magnum revolver that the infant was shot with Brown says they found a .380 kel tec underneath Fortson’s mother’s bed. Fortson did confirm to police that she lives with her mother, her 18-year-old brother along with her two kids but that the firearms belong to her boyfriend.
Fortson was issued a $2,500 bond for reckless conduct and a $250 bond for falsely reporting a crime. However, he says her case is still under investigation so if police obtain new evidence or witness testimonies, Fortson could face additional charges.