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.