Dad accused of fatally shooting baby waives first appearance

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ATLANTA - A father accused of fatally shooting his 18-month-old child with a BB gun waived his first court appearance Saturday morning.

Jesse Sellers faces a felony murder charge and a count of cruelty to children after Friday's shooting at an apartment home in the Boynton Village Apartments on Hank Aaron Drive in southeast Atlanta.

Investigators said Jesse Sellers shot his 18-month-old son, Jusstin, with a BB gun.

Channel 2's Ryan Young was at the home when it was confirmed to the family that Jusstin had died from his injuries. Young said the cries from distraught family members could be heard from a distance.

"I came from the store, and I was riding a bike, and I saw his dad standing outside crying," said Willie Dickerson, Justin's uncle.

He told Young he asked Jesse Sellers what was going on.

"He told me he shot him with a BB gun, a blow to the heart and it pierced his chest," Dickerson said.

Willie said he ran into the apartment and saw the unthinkable.

"I go into the house and I see him lying on the bed. He wasn't breathing. And my sister was on the phone with the hospital and they were telling her to give him CPR. My mom gave him CPR," Dickerson said.

Dickerson said the CPR started to work.

"He started trying like he was going to cry or whatever. He heard my voice telling him to come alive or whatever," Dickerson said.

But as Jesse Sellers sat in a patrol car, he told a Channel 2 Action News photojournalist he didn't mean to shoot his son.

"He said he was trying to scare him. He didn't there was BB in there or whatever and he shot the BB and it pierced his chest and it's just… sad," Dickerson said.

A candlelight vigil was held in honor of baby Jusstin Friday night.



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