At a time when children and parents nationwide gear up for the school year in anticipation of the future it holds, 11-year-old Timea Batts‘ own aspirations were cut short after being shot and killed by her father coming home from her first day of sixth grade.

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It was on Monday [August 8] that her father, 29-year old Timothy Batts, claimed that someone shot the sixth grader while walking home from the bus stop, saying she showed up at around 3:30pm bleeding. He then drove her to a local hospital where she would die of gunshot wounds to the torso.

“Our entire school district is grieved to learn of the tragic loss of one of our sixth grade students, Timea Lashay Batts,” said Jeremy Johnson, a spokesperson for Sumner County Schools. “Timea was a bright and kind girl who was well loved by her classmates and teachers.”

It was soon after that investigators determined the young girl was shot inside her home and not outside.


Batts was arrested on charges that include reckless homicide, tampering with evidence, false reporting and possessing a firearm as a felon.

Back in 2012, he was charged with attempted criminal homicide after allegedly shooting at a Nashville motorist.