Teenager In Tennessee Allegedly Fatally Shot Baby, Critically Injured Child’s Mother During Dispute, Cops Say

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Source: Memphis Police Department; UNSPLASH

Nov. 8 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A teenager in Tennessee is accused of shooting a mother and her young daughter during a dispute, authorities said.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, police in Memphis said Juanita Bruce, 19, got into an argument with the mother and allegedly pulled a gun from her purse and began firing.

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WNDU reported the mother was struck in the leg, and the child, who was in the back seat of a Nissan Altima, was shot in the chest.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

The mother was later identified as Kavious Askew and the child as 1-year-old Karlie Wright, according to WNDU.

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Bruce, who knew the victims, turned herself in the same day as the deadly incident, WMC reported.

She faces multiple charges, including one count of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree murder, and four counts of employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

“We have to be better about conflict resolution. There is no reason for a baby to be dead tonight because adults couldn’t do right by one another,” said Sgt. Louis Brownlee, a Memphis Police public information officer.

According to an affidavit, Bruce said she never intended to kill the baby, who was in the vehicle with two other children at the time of the deadly incident.


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