11-year-old Girl Killed on First Day of School

UPDATE: According to an arrest affidavit for Timothy Batts, he says he accidentally shot his 11-year-old daughter Timea after she “yelled and scared him” as he slept. Batts said he woke up after hearing a sound and grabbed a gun from underneath his dresser.

He fired one shot which struck the child. The affidavit states he removed the gun from the scene after the shooting.


Tennessee investigators are attempting to piece together details of how an 11-year-old girl was shot and killed in Sumner County.

News Channel 5 reports that the shooting took place in Hendersonville around 3:20 p.m. Monday at her home on the 100 block of Shady View Drive.

Officials say police were told the girl was shot shortly after getting off a school bus. After which, she walked into her home to tell her father she had been shot.

However, police said according to evidence, the crime itself appears to have happened inside the home.

Police said a total of five people lived in the home including the victim, Timea Batts. Neighbors said she attended her first day of school at Knox Doss Middle School earlier that day.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the home, but details of how and why the child was shot remain unclear at this time. Police confirmed Timea died as a result of her injuries around 5:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Early Tuesday morning, the girl’s father, 29-year-old Timothy Batts, was charged with reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and felon in possession of a firearm.

The bus driver told detectives that the shooting did not occur on the bus.

He is being held on $1 million bond.

Story developing.