LaGrange man in custody for child cruelty after 4-year-old accidentally shot by sibling

LaGrange man in custody for child cruelty after 4-year-old accidentally shot by sibling

LAGRANGE, Ga. (WTVM) - A man wanted in LaGrange for child cruelty was taken into custody Friday by U.S. Marshals in Hogansville.

Leemarkese Melson, 28, is accused of leaving a loaded gun in the reach of children that police believe was used by a six-year-old child to accidentally shoot a four-year-old sibling in the face.

The incident happened in May at a residence on Kelley Street.

Melson is charged with cruelty to a child, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and tampering evidence. He was booked into the Troup County Jail.

The injured child is in stable but critical condition at an Atlanta hospital.

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