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11-Year-Old Timea Batts Shot & Killed On The First Day Of School, Father Charged

Father charged in shooting death of Timea Batts

Father Charged In Shooting Death Of Timea Batts

A Hendersonville, Tennessee man has been charged in the shooting death of his 11-year-old daughter.

Timea Batts was shot and killed on Monday after she returned home from her first day of school at Knox Doss Middle School.

Her 29-year-old father, Timothy Batts, told police Timea was shot after she got off of the school bus and walked home to tell him.

After obtaining a search warrant, Hendersonville Police Department determined the shooting took place inside of the Batts’ home around 3:20 p.m.

Timea was taken to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center then LifeFlighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died from her injuries two hours later.

On Tuesday, Timothy Batts was charged with with reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and felon in possession of a firearm. He was held on a $1 million bond.


Timothy Batts mugshot

Sumner County Sheriff’s Office

Sumner County Schools released the following statement regarding Timea’s passing:

Our entire school district is grieved to learn of the tragic loss of one of our sixth grade students, Timea Lashay Batts. Timea was a bright and kind girl who was well loved by her classmates and teachers. She will be greatly missed at Knox Doss Middle School at Drakes Creek.
It is our understanding from communicating with authorities that today’s tragic event in Hendersonville was not school related. The incident did not occur on the bus or at the bus stop. We have no reason to believe that there is any threat to student safety on any of our school campuses due to this tragic event.

Grief counselors will be available for students and staff at the school tomorrow.

The Knox Doss Middle School at Drakes Creek campus will be closed to media for the remainder of the week out of respect for our students, faculty and staff as they go through the grieving process.

Unbelievable! Rest in heavenly peace sweet angel.

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