Killeen toddler shot, killed

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Police say a Central Texas woman has been charged in the fatal shooting of her 2-year-old cousin as she argued with the boy’s mother.

Killeen police say 26-year-old Shayla Dearinge of Killeen was being held Monday on a murder charge, with bond at $1 million.

Police spokeswoman Carroll Smith says the shooting happened Saturday at Dearinge’s home when she and her aunt — the boy’s mother — got into an argument. Smith says the aunt and her son were leaving when the suspect shot in the direction of the pair.

The wounded boy died later Saturday at a hospital. He would have turned 3 on Monday.

Smith had no immediate information on what sparked the argument.

Bell County jail records didn’t immediately list an attorney to speak for Dearinge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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