A Tennessee father fatally shot his 11-year-old daughter when she returned home from her first day of middle school.

29-year-old Timothy Batts stands accused of killing the sixth-grader, identified as Timea, after saying someone else shot her as she walked home from her bus stop.

He’s been charged with, among other charges, reckless homicide, which, importantly, means investigators believe her death was preventable, but not necessarily planned.

According to Hendersonville Police Sgt. Jim Vaughn, “There was no evidence that was his plan. It wasn’t premeditated.”

The little girl had just finished her first day of class at Knox Doss Middle School yesterday when her life was snuffed out.


Mr. Batts maintains that she came home from school at roughly 3:30 p.m. Monday, and was bleeding. He says someone shot her somewhere between the bus stop and their home.

He drove her to a local hospital where she died from a single gunshot wound to the torso.

Her father was arrested after investigators determined that she’d been shot inside the house, not outside anywhere.

The other charges he was taken into custody on include tampering with evidence, false reporting, and possessing a firearm as a felon.

That felony record was a charge of attempted criminal homicide in 2012 when he allegedly shot a driver in Nashville.