Mother wanted on 63 counts of Reckless Endangerment in connection to daycare shooting in custody

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE: 4.29

FOX13 has learned the woman who was caught on video firing a shot at a daycare is now in custody.

According to MPD, Daija Taylor was spotted around 3:45 p.m. in the 2000 block of S Pauline St.

She was taken into custody without an incident.

Taylor has been booked and charged with 63 counts of Reckless Endangerment, two counts of Criminal Attempted First Degree Murder.


A woman reportedly fired a gun into a local daycare after an argument with an employee over attendance requirements, Memphis police said on Tuesday.

Police say it happened at La Petite Academy on New Allen Rd.

The woman was reportedly picking up her child from the daycare when she started arguing with an employee.

A spokeswoman with La Petite said the argument was over her family not meeting attendance requirements to stay enrolled.


The spokeswoman said the mother walked out of the building, then came back and shot at the front door from the sidewalk.

Police say the woman immediately left the scene. No one was hurt. MPD told FOX13 that Daija Taylor, aka Daija Williams, is the woman responsible.

She left the scene occupying a black Nissan south on Old Allen towards Hawkins Mill.

FOX13 spoke with a mother who rushed to the daycare to pick up her daughter after hearing the news.

She said her four-year-old, and the rest of the children were napping when it happened.

“My first thought was everybody ok, especially the kids. I was at home in the bed when I got the message, and I rushed up to get my baby. I’m just glad everybody’s ok and no one got hurt,” Tiffany Ford said. “Whoever that parent was, they had no regard for the children or even her child at all.”

The spokeswoman with the daycare said they have resumed regular activities after briefly sheltering in place.

She said they’ll have additional security on site until further notice. Also, the daycare will be closed on Wednesday. They plan to reopen Thursday for normal business hours.

Taylor is wanted for Criminal Attempt First Degree Murder (2x), Reckless Endangerment (63x), and Employment of a Firearm During the Commissions of a Dangerous Felony.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.