Mother searches for answers after children shot, killing 1

by: Erica Byfield Updated:


ATLANTA - A southwest Atlanta mother is looking for answers after someone shot into her house, killing her 2-year old and critically injuring her 1-year-old.

Now, five days later, pleas for whoever pulled the trigger to come forward are growing stronger.

The children's mother told Channel 2's Erica Byfield she is confused and desperate for answers.

"My chest and stuff, and everything has been hurting. I feel like I'm about to have a heart attack, that's how I've been feeling. I want answers," Sylvia Motley said.

Atlanta police said early Saturday morning someone fired two shots through Motley's front door. The bullet that struck 2-year-old Ty-Teyanna in her chest killed her instantly, while the other bullet hit 1-year-old Isaiah in the leg and traveled up his back sending him to the hospital in critical condition.

"I'm trying to stay strong for Isaiah and I want to say to the person who did it please come forward. Just turn yourself in, please, I'm just begging you, please," Motley told Byfield.

In the days since the shooting, Crime Stoppers announced a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. Countless community organizations, like New Order, have expressed their support for Motley and her family.

"We're out here trying to put more pressure and whoever did this you can run but you can't hide no more," Gerald Rose of New Order said.

Motley told Byfield she still can't bring herself to tell her 3-year-old what happened to her sister.

"She asked me earlier where her sister (was) and I couldn't do anything but drop my head down, and she wants to go see her brother and I said we'll go out there Friday and let her see him," Motley said.

Isaiah is expected to be released from the hospital later this week while Ty-Teyanna's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

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