Family friend arrested after 5-year-old shoots, kills 2-year-old, police say

MEMPHIS, TN. — FOX13 uncovered new information about a 2-year-old boy being shot and killed in Memphis Wednesday night.

MPD confirmed to FOX13 News that a family friend was arrested and charged in the case. Investigators say her negligence led to the death of the 2-year-old boy.

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Tatyana Taylor was arrested after police said she left a gun in the area where a 5-year-old was able to get to the gun and shoot and kill the 2-year-old.

Taylor is facing numerous charges in this case, which include the following:

  • Tampering with/Fabricating Evidence
  • Reckless Homicide
  • Reckless Endangerment W/Deadly Weapon
  • False Offense Report

Initially, family members said someone shot into this house on Clayton Avenue Wednesday night. They said a bullet hit and killed the 2-year-old. But after investigating, Memphis police now believe a 5-year-old pulled the trigger.

In the last year, other children across Memphis have been killed because an adult did not properly store their gun.

“It’s always heavy when you hear of youth passing away, especially when it was avoidable,” said Memphian Tyler Woodley told FOX13.

“As far as gun safety goes, I think we need more rules and regulations, psych checks, intelligence IQs, all that type of stuff,” said Woolley.

And Tyler Woodley may be right.

Taylor is facing a reckless homicide charge for the death of the toddler, but she’s not the only adult awaiting their day in court for something like this.

This week, a Shelby County grand jury indicted Rakasha Sims for criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors said an 11-year-old was accidentally shot and killed at a sleepover birthday party last summer at Sims’s apartment.

They said five children were left alone in the apartment when one girl found a handgun in a kitchen drawer. It went off as they passed it around.

“Remove the source of ammunition. Rack the round out, rack, rack, rack lock it back,” said John Cross, a gun safety trainer with Dauntless Tactical Training Centers of America.

Cross said it’s essential to know how to properly store a gun to prevent accidental shootings involving a child.

“The best practice is to store it without the ammunition nearby. For purposes of defense, I may store it with ammunition in there, but now I’m going to lock this. This is secure,” said Cross demonstrating with a handgun.

Police said last year, an infant was shot and killed in Frayser at the hands of another child. A man has been indicted for that homicide as well.