Dad charged in baby's shooting while cleaning handgun - WSMV News 4

Dad charged in baby's shooting while cleaning handgun

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A Tullahoma man is accused of shooting his 13-month-old baby girl Sunday night while cleaning a handgun at the family's home.

Kevin Sayre, 26, faces a charge of aggravated assault after police said he was cleaning the 9mm gun at the East Gate Apartments when the weapon fired, striking the baby in the chest.

The baby's parents drove her to the emergency room at Harton Regional Medical Center, and a medical helicopter then transported her to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

"It's horrible, and I'm in such disbelief that something like this would happen," said neighbor Vannis Herrin.

The child is listed in critical but stable condition.

"We're always disappointed, astounded, surprised when we heard of someone who is handling a firearm recklessly, neglectfully," said Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell.

Sayre was arrested at Vanderbilt and taken to Metro Jail, before he was transferred to the Coffee County Jail.

Sayre is held on $20,000 bond, and a hearing is set for May 16 in Coffee County General Sessions Court.

The police chief said folks with guns should think safety first.

"Anyone handling a firearm - loaded or unloaded - never should point it at anyone," Blackwell said.

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