Douglas County

Man, woman charged after 3-year-old boy shot at Douglasville motel, police say

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Douglasville police told Channel 2 Action News they have arrested two people connected to a shooting involving a 3-year-old boy on Saturday morning.

According to Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks, officers were called to the Intown Suites Extended Stay motel off of Thornton Road just within the Douglasville city limits at 9:30 a.m.

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A 911 caller reported that a 3-year-old hit their head on a refrigerator. When paramedics arrived, they told police they do not believe that story lined up with the child’s injuries, according to Sparks.

The police chief said on Saturday they strongly suspect that the child was shot, but investigators were working to confirm what happened at the motel.

After conducting an interview, police told Channel 2 Action News on Sunday that they charged 23-year-old Devante Porter and 29-year-old Jermecia Martin in connection to the incident.


Both Porter and Martin were charged with aggravated assault, cruelty to children 2nd degree, reckless conduct, false statements, and tampering with evidence.

Details on the extent of the child’s injuries have not been made available.

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