Man arrested after 2-year-old is shot in the leg

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green man is facing several criminal charges after a two-year-old child was shot in the leg in the man’s apartment.

Warren County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 150 Evon Way, Apt. 3 Thursday afternoon after someone reported a child being shot, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The child was taken to a local hospital and flown to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. for treatment.

The adult occupant of the apartment, Isiah Richardson, 20, was charged Thursday night with second-degree criminal abuse child under 12, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

When deputies arrived at Richardson’s home, he was attempting to hold pressure to the child’s leg. A deputy took over until an ambulance arrived, according to Richardson’s arrest citation.

Deputies executed a search warrant on the residence and located near the back door a loaded pistol believed to be the weapon that caused injury to the toddler, according to the arrest citation. Richardson was inside the home with small children in his care when the shooting occurred.

Deputies also found a second handgun, marijuana in sealed plastic bags and drug paraphernalia, according to the citation.

The child’s condition has not been released. Richardson is not the child’s father, Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower said.

The child did not shoot himself, Hightower said. Investigators are looking for information on who shot the child.

“There is a person of interest that we are seeking to find additional information on in what actually transpired with this child receiving this injury, this gunshot wound,” said Hightower, “…until we get the information directly from those who may have been involved, we don’t know exactly what transpired at this particular time.”

The child is expected to recover, according to Hightower.

Richardson’s relationship to the child is listed as “unknown” on the citation.

Richardson was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail, but has since been released on a $5,000 bond.

One neighbor, who asked to remain anonymous, told WNKY she plans to move away from the apartment complex.

“I just don’t feel safe out here anymore. It’s bad enough to where I have got to take my four kids up out of here and find a new home because you never know, and then all this is going on. So I just told Chandler I am going to terminate my lease and get out,” she said.