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South Georgia man arrested after shooting 1-year-old child

Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 21:16:19-04

TIFTON, Ga. — A Tifton man has been arrested after the accidental shooting of a 1-year-old.

Dewayne McClatchy, Jr., 22, has been charged with reckless conduct, cruelty to children in the second degree, tampering with evidence, and giving false statements.

On Tuesday, Tift County deputies responded to the 100 block of Apricot Street regarding a child being shot, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

Once deputies arrived, they discovered the 1-year-old was suffering from a gunshot wound.

The child was flown to a children’s hospital in Tallahassee, where he is in serious condition.

Anyone who has information pertaining to this ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Tift County Sheriff’s Office at (229) 388-6020 or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (229) 777-2080.