Police arrested a Baton Rouge mother Friday after her 3-year-old daughter was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the face in May, a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman has confirmed.
According to a police report, staff at the Baton Rouge General Medical Center contacted officers May 14 to report the girl’s injury, and after arriving at the hospital, police learned the girl had been shot that afternoon at a Denham Street apartment.
The victim’s mother, Augustus Beachem, 26, told officers her daughter was shot by someone she did not know at a nearby playground, but an unnamed witness said the shooting took place inside the Denham Street apartment where the victim lived with her mother, the report says.
According to the report, the girl was accidentally shot in the face by her 6-year-old brother after he got his hands on a gun laying on the floor in their mother’s room. Both children confirmed this story to officers, the report says.
The police report notes the victim’s mother and 25-year-old Hollis Odds Clark, a felon convicted of simple burglary in May 2014, shared the gun.
According to the witness in the report, Clark said he was worried about going to jail after the shooting and hid the gun in a closet. Clark then waited two hours to get the girl medical attention, neglecting to call police or Emergency Medical Services.
When police came to search the apartment, a second witness told officers Clark put the gun inside his work boots, placed the shoes in the back of his vehicle and left.
Officers have not been able to track down the firearm, according to the report.
Beachem was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice after police received a tip from Crime Stoppers, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Clark, 7088 Nottingham Drive, was booked Thursday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, second-degree cruelty to juveniles and obstruction of justice.